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The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.<p>Tokyo is the undisputed champion of mega-cities. With a population of 37.8 million, it dwarfs second-place Delhi. The Japanese capital has such a big lead in population that even though it’s expected to lose about half a million people over …

Design Offices to Be More Like Neighborhoods

As more people flock to urban areas (about 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities), government officials and academics are becoming more interested in the study of urban space. This has coincided with a boom of new methods to study cities on a macro scale – but many of these techniques can also …

Why is Federation Square such a success? - The Urbanist

Here’s a list of the Top 10 public squares of the world according to the Landscape Architects Network (1):<p>Naghsh-e Jahaan Square, Isfahan<br>• Piazza del …

Why London is the World’s Most Expensive City to Build In

What makes London the most expensive city in the world to build in? The reasons may surprise you (like unexploded bombs for instance). <i>The Economist</i> …

Economics

A Sustainability Tale of Two Cities: Dubai and London

Dubai's proposed "Mall of the World" will be the first city-sized enclosure that provides an anticipated 180m tourists, shoppers and retailers …

Skyscrapers

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

There’s a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture.<p>A few weeks ago, news emerged that a New York building was planning a separate entrance for residents of its low-income units–“poor doors.” Outrage ensued, but the truth is, urban …

Urban Design

What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?

Contrary to popular belief, the most visible aspects of cities - new, shiny buildings and crowds of people - aren't <i>really</i> why people around the world …

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.<p>Just seeing someone wearing a Fitbit makes me nervous. I'm told I have a tendency to become “obsessive.” A count of steps or calories …

The City Hosting The 2022 World Cup Final Doesn’t Exist Yet

Lusail, the ambitious “smart” city set to host the final, has yet to be built<p>Fears that Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup would end in disaster, as the construction of stadiums and infrastructural improvements fell behind schedule, never came to fruition. But that hasn’t stopped critics from …

Sports Law

London Joins The List Of Cities Trying To Build Swimming Pools In Their Rivers

The Thames Baths Project will pump clean freshwater into a lagoon so citizens can take a dip in the river–without actually being in the river.<p>When it comes to inventive urbanism, big cities tend to copy one another. Bike sharing, riverside beaches, and High Line-type initiatives–they were all good …

New York City

A Solar-Powered Oasis To Bring Food To Desert Cities

Modular greenhouses plus a very long conveyor belt could help create a new agricultural system for growing food in the desert.<p>Some Middle Eastern countries, like Qatar and United Arab Emirates, import more than 90% of their food. It’s a situation that is getting more expensive, and more …

United Arab Emirates

Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

It's not anti-transit or anti-rail driving the skepticism; it's anti-bad rail transit.<p>Since the U.S. streetcar revival relies heavily on transportation subsidies, it's only fair to expect the latest wave of streetcar lines to produce benefits related to (wait for it) transportation. But the new …

Spotlight: Daniel Burnham

The impact Daniel H. Burnham had on urban planning and the American city is still felt today, many years after his death, on what would have been his …

Urban Planning

Are Playable Cities the Future of Urbanism?

Who says that playing is just for kids? Bristol, in the United Kingdom, is just one of the many cities around the world experimenting with urban …

How to Hack Your Urban Waterfront

Many of the world’s greatest cities can trace their historical growths back to one simple and often overlooked geographical aspect: proximity to water. Whether it is the open ocean or a wide meandering river, countless early cities came to be due to accessibility by ship and the subsequent economic …

Urban Design

7 Charts That Show How Good Mass Transit Can Make a City More Affordable

The rent can be <i>a little</i> damn high, so long as the ride isn't.<p>Housing costs are often the first to come to mind when we think about whether or not a city is affordable. If the rent is too damn high, the city is too damn expensive. That's largely true, but transportation costs also have a lot to do …

What Does It Really Cost to Live in San Francisco?

A measure called "location affordability" makes major metro areas look like a bargain—and they are, for the wealthy.<p>Is living in San Francisco unreasonable? That depends on who and how you ask.<p>The California Housing Partnership Corporation released a new report demonstrating that, yes, it's totally …

How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

Noise is bad for our health. It is also endemic to city life. Designers to the rescue!<p>Noisy traffic might be just as dangerous to public health as traffic accidents, according to a new report from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Scientific evidence suggests that …

Urban Design

Office as a City: A New Metaphor and Design Approach

San Francisco

Smartphone app Human draws maps of urban movement

The creators of activity tracking app Human have visualised the routes taken by its users to create moving maps that show the world's cities …

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Kindle Edition

<b>A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people</b><p>Charles Montgomery's <i>Happy</i> <i>City</i> will revolutionize the way we …

The Surprising U.S. Cities That Are On Their Way To Becoming Walkable

At least six cities could see the end of sprawl in the next few years, as developers realize that millennials don’t want to live in the suburbs.<p>In the 20th century, American cities grew by expanding outwards–by building sprawling suburbs where the car was king. In the 21st century, they’ll create …

Urban Design

Braving the New World of Performance-Based Zoning

Conventional zoning is an outdated barrier against good urbanism, but there's disagreement on the best way forward.<p>Today's topic is zoning. But before you reach for that double espresso, consider that there is really some exciting stuff going on in the field, fueled by Silicon Valley-level …

Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders

Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability