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Before & after: abandoned courtyard turns into a warm outdoor space

All of us love a pleasing outdoor space that offers a decent sanctum for socializing or simply lazing outside the 4 walls, and soothing views as we …


Modern courtyard house surrounded by lush Japanese gardens

This two-story modern courtyard house was designed by Jamie Bush + Co., surrounded by abundant Japanese gardens in Santa Monica, California. The …

Japanese Gardens

US Central Command Twitter account hacked to read 'I love you Isis'

Twitter avatar used by @CENTCOM was replaced with an image of a masked militant and the legends ‘CyberCaliphate’ and ‘I love you Isis’<p>In an act of cyber vandalism that appeared more embarrassing than destructive, the Twitter and YouTube accounts for US military forces in the Middle East and South …

Why Sweden has so few road deaths

IN 2013 the number of people killed in road accidents in Sweden was 264, a record low. Although the number of cars in use in the country and the …

Cities in motion: how slime mould can redraw our rail and road maps

Researchers use organism's search for food to work out efficient transport routes, divert around floods and even imitate rush hour<p>When asked, slime mould would reroute the M6. For years now, researchers in the field of urban transport have looked at biomimicry as a tool for establishing the most …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area<p>Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in …

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Catch My Diff: Github's New Feature Means Big Things for Open Data

Changes on the map are more important than they may appear.<p>On Wednesday, Github announced that maps would be “diffable”—a silly-sounding term that means much in the world of Github. It’s a small and even long-expected feature, but an important one, and one that aids Github’s role in the emerging …

This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities

Coldest city in the world – in pictures

While the US recovers from the recent ‘polar vortex’, in the city of Yakutsk, locals continue daily life in -45C (-49F). With an extreme subarctic climate in Russia’s far east, Yakutsk is generally considered the coldest city in the world. Photographs: Amos Chapple<p>Where are the world’s coldest …

Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River

Comment: new ‘utopia’ planned for Lanarkshire

Visionaries have tried for millennia to create the perfect community and now another bid is being made here in Scotland. Lori Anderson wonders if a …


Drowning in money: the untold story of the crazy public spending that makes flooding inevitable

Every year billions are spent in Britain and Europe on policies that wreck homes and lives through flooding • This article is from 2014. Find full coverage of the 2015 flood crisis here • Flood defences row: UK paying price for David Cameron's broken promises • Cameron defends government spending …

Two new garden cities for southern England in 'secret' Tory plan

Liberal Democrats accuse David Cameron of suppressing report calling for thousands of new homes to combat housing shortage<p>A secret Whitehall report recommending that two new cities are built in southern England to combat the housing shortage is being suppressed by David Cameron, The Telegraph can …

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Green spaces have lasting positive effect on well-being

<b>Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people's mental well-being, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK researchers found moving to a green space had a sustained positive effect, unlike pay rises or promotions, which only provided a short-term boost.<p>The authors said the …


The Case for Car-Less Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Have We Reached Peak Road?

Bus Spotting: Like Trainspotting, But Weirder

Europe's Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free

Hamburg's Neighborhood Redevelopment Battle Has Led Police to Declare a State of Emergency

Charting the Life Expectancies of the World's Countries

How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in 'Her'

India's Economic Woes Are So Dire, Millions May De-Urbanize