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Interview with WOHA: “The Only Way to Preserve Nature is to Integrate it into Our Built Environment”

<i>Driven by the hyper-density of the city-state from which they operate, WOHA have emerged as Singapore's quintessential architects. Combining a</i> …

To the First Lady, With Love

<b>By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:</b><p>She had rhythm, a flow and swerve, hands slicing air, body weight moving from foot to foot, a beautiful rhythm. In anything else but a black American body, it would have been contrived. The three-quarter sleeves of her teal dress announced its appropriateness, as did her …

Lost cities #8: mystery of Cahokia – why did North America's largest city vanish?

Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico. Yet by 1350 it had been deserted by its native inhabitants the Mississippians – and no one is sure why<p>In its prime, about four centuries before Columbus stumbled on to the western hemisphere, …

Why landscape architects are the urban designers of tomorrow

At a recent Landscape Architecture Foundation summit, it became clear the profession has a big role in shaping the future of our cities<p>For landscape architects, the ground has shifted in serious ways over the last few decades. Earlier this summer in Philadelphia, at a mid-June summit organized by …

San Francisco Progressives Declare War on Affordable Housing

Opposition to high-density housing is the ultimate in misguided Nimbyism.<p>The U.S. is running out of places for people to live. Rent is a bigger and bigger part of our cost of living. Here is an index of rental prices divided by median household income:<p>The Rent Is Too Darn High<p>How average U.S. rent …

Solving Urban Traffic Problems Is Simple: Fewer Cars

The question is: How do we get people out of their cars? Cities around the world are working on a wide variety of inspiring plans.<p>If you talk to people who’ve come from the provinces and backwaters to the big city, there’s one thing they all complain about: the transportation.<p>This story is the …

Ten books to read in August

Novels, short stories and a biography of the Kennedy who became a British aristocrat – these are the ten titles that should sit on your shelf this month.

Books

The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change

The total area covered by the world’s cities is set to triple in the next 40 years – eating up farmland and threatening the planet’s sustainability. Ahead of the latest Urban Age conference, Mark Swilling says it is time to stop the sprawl<p>I have just spent two days in Barcelona, one of the most …

Urbanization

Minnesota Gov. Calls Traffic Stop Shooting 'Absolutely Appalling At All Levels'

Philando Castile, 32, was shot Wednesday night by a police officer in suburban St. Paul, Minn., in the second fatal encounter between police and an African-American man to gain national attention this week.<p>Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, began streaming video live on Facebook immediately …

Video Of Baton Rouge Man's Fatal Shooting By Police Sparks Protests, FBI Inquiry

<i>Updated at 8:45 p.m. ET</i><p>The Justice Department is investigating the killing of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was shot to death early Tuesday after police were called to a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. Witnesses captured the encounter on a cellphone video that shows two officers …

How self-driving cars can make cities better

We’ve heard plenty from futurists, urbanists, techies, and environmentalists about the promise and perils of self-driving vehicles. But what about the folks in the trenches, the ones who will have to accommodate and manage those vehicles? What do people who plan and run urban transportation systems …

Autonomous Cars

America's suicide epidemic has gotten worse

Imagine that this rise in deaths had been remarkably widespread, affecting almost all identifiable demographic groups.<p>Imagine if more than 40,000 people a year died from terrorist attacks in this country, rather than a bare handful.<p>Imagine if terrorism were one of the 10 leading causes of death in …

An Urban Food Forest Takes to the Waterways

How a floating farm aims to make free, fresh produce available to all.<p>Green space is vital to cities: it beautifies, reduces crime rates, and provides a necessary space where harried urban dwellers can sit, look up at the trees, and breathe.<p>In some places, it also feeds people. Seattle’s Beacon …

A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in South Africa

For nearly 50 years, systematic racial suppression and segregation gripped South Africa. While the tides turned in the early '90s and laws were overturned, apartheid had already seeped into the country architecture. Roads, rivers, and fields functioned as "buffer zones" to separate people by …

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on …

Empathy

The Comeback and Competition of the Inner City

Two new studies explore the movement of businesses and people back to the city, but outside the central business district.<p>In the 1950s and 1960s, America’s inner cities experienced sharp declines as people and businesses moved out to the suburbs. By the early 1970s, one of my urban planning …

The 100 Best American Movies in Film History

To make this list—which I’m absolutely sure will be totally definitive, with no need for anyone to ever debate it, right?—critics from around the …

Mithun Architects' Vertical Farm for Seattle

This evidently won "Best of Show" in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge. It is a "Center for Urban Agriculture," …

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Photograph: Alamy<p>Pedestrian-friendly central Lyon, on the banks of the River Rhône.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/27/1430129976057/28363585-19a0-4f66-a0e6-0f6b72edb47a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Pedestrian-friendly central Lyon, on the banks of the River …

Abu Dhabi

Prince Wrote About Women in a Way That Most Contemporary Male Artists Still Can't

Women usually exist in men’s songs as passive objects, which is to not exist at all. With Prince, they were addressed with awe and empathy.<p>When I heard that Prince had passed away, it was the first time the death of a celebrity hit me in a real and immediate way. There was disbelief, followed by …

The 10 most walkable cities in the US

Blu Homes launches 16 new prefab home designs, including new tiny homes

As a dynamic force in the prefabricated green building industry, Blu Homes has consistently been pushing the boundaries of prefab home design for …

Where living poor means dying young

SAN FRANCISCO — This city is full of parks that invite exercise and bike lanes that make commuting a workout. It's home to social services that tend the poor, and taxpayers who willingly fund them. Smoking is banned at restaurants and bars — as well as in workplaces, at bus stops, throughout public …

Income Inequality

Supermarkets Have a Millennial Problem, and Suburbia Is to Blame

How does an industry that historically catered to white suburbanites reinvent itself to attract more diverse shoppers?<p>Millennials often get touted as the “new consumers,” with a whole new way of shopping than the generations before them. They’re tech savvy, they stay on top of the latest trends …

Colorado architecture students design rugged micro cabins for Outward Bound

Architecture students from the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky …

Rocky Mountains

Story of cities #17: Canberra's vision of the ideal city gets mired in 'mediocrity'

Chicago pacifist Walter Griffin’s design for Australia’s new capital promised so much – even German beer gardens. But when war broke out, his ideas were shunned by planners and politicians alike, and a more prosaic city emerged<p>In May 1912, Chicago landscape architect Walter Griffin won an …

Sold for scrap: great city buildings that were stupidly demolished

With the revamp of Les Halles this week, Paris hopes to close a chapter on the embarrassing destruction of the original building – just one of many gorgeous urban structures, from Penn Station to the West Pier, hit by the wrecking ball<p>The destruction in 1972 of Les Halles, the market described by …

What makes a city great? New data backs up long-held beliefs

It doesn’t take an urban planner to know that an overabundance of modern condos, glassy office buildings, chain stores, and highly successful …

IKEA’s Wireless Charging Furniture Makes Technology More Accessible

The home of the future is quickly becoming a reality—and you don’t have to be a billionaire to bring innovation into your own house, with help from …

This Is The World's Happiest Country

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle …