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How Stronger Cities Could Help Fix Fragile Nations

The most fragile states, which often breed terrorism, are also among the least urbanized.<p>As the terrorist attacks on Paris last week once again reminded us, weak or “fragile states” like Syria are often breeding grounds for violence. These states are not only less developed and less affluent—with …

The Problem of Urbanization Without Economic Growth

Throughout history, the two have not always gone hand-in-hand. And they may not in the future.<p>Some 200,000 people move into cities across the globe each and every day. Over the course of the next century, that figure will add up to billions. Mayors, urban leaders and economists are generally …

Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.<p>It's the <i>Terminator</i> of viral content: Despite being really old and subject to monotonous sequels, this Japanese bike-parking robot keeps grabbing the spotlight with unstoppable force.<p>Giken's ECO Cycle system is now blowing up the Facebook page …

Expanding Walkability in Two African Cities: What's at Stake?

Africa is the world's most rapidly urbanizing continent. Transit in cities will have to adapt to encourage walkability and prevent isolating sprawl.<p>John Howe, a widely published academic in the field of African infrastructure and transportation, posed a series of questions back in 2001. Each sprung …

How to 'Live Slow' in the City That Never Stops

William Powers, author of <i>New Slow City,</i> rebels against America's obsession with stuff, long work hours, and quick fixes.<p>My husband and I recently moved back to Washington, D.C., after a three-year assignment in Beijing. We lived an uncluttered life there, bringing only some kitchen essentials, …

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Khartoum: the most selfish city?

Sudan’s almost exclusively Arab capital has buried its head in the sand for too long, as the multiethnic country around it burns<p>Khartoum is a low-built, sprawling city. The capital of Sudan, until recently the largest country in Africa, sits on either side of the River Nile under an almost …

We need to develop a new urban agenda – let's start on World Cities Day

The future of our planet depends on cities. UN-Habitat and Guardian Cities want you to share the ideas that are transforming your metropolis for the better. Have your say ...<p>On 31 October this year, for the first time, the planet will celebrate World Cities Day. This is an important recognition of …

How Smart Grids Could Transform the Developing World

Big data, billions invested, and the coming electrification revolution<p>Cities have turned earth into a kind of planetary nightlight. We can’t peer down from the moon to see what it looked like before the Industrial Revolution, but it’s safe to say it was, well, dark. Since then, if you can imagine …

Natural Gas

The Suburbs Are in Fact Associated With Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall have found that people in dense cities are thinner and generally healthier than people in sprawling subdivisions.<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 burned would be a …

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit’s 220 mm masonry walls give it …

Home - Architecture Lab

Latest<p>February 20, 2018<p>If you want the best education, choose Europe. It is a hub of the best institutes, schools, and universities that can ensure …

Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Grimshaw Architects just unveiled the first images for a bright and airy new airport in Istanbul. The Istanbul Grand Airport will be completed in …

Architecture

How Nigeria Became Africa's Largest Economy Overnight

Does the continent's most-populous country deserve its new title?<p>Something strange happened in Nigeria on Sunday: The economy nearly doubled, racking up hundreds of billions of dollars, ballooning to the size of the Polish and Belgian economies, and breezing by the South African economy to become …

OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace "Mafia-Built Highway"

The Mafia-built Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in Italy is a symbol of corruption and failure, which is why OFF Architecture proposed an idea for a …

This Is Resilience

One of history's darkest spasms of inhumanity began 20 years ago this week. Remembering unfathomable tragedy and celebrating unprecedented health progress in Rwanda.<p>One of the most horrific tales of mass violence ever began just 20 years ago this week. During the 100 days after Easter 1994, ethnic …

How Design Can Help Build a 'Transit Culture'

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Guy Ailion is one of South Africa's brightest young architects. The winner of SA's 2010 National Architectural Student of the Year award for his …

Sudan rebel leaders sentenced to death

Two leaders from the main rebel alliance fighting Sudan's president and 15 members of their group were sentenced to death in absentia, their lawyer said, a move that will raise the stakes in fighting in southern regions.<p>Malik Agar, who was governor of Sudan's remote Blue Nile state before taking up …

This lost generation of young men is threatening global stability

More emerging market turmoil is coming in 2015, according to recent note from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch research. And one likely source of short-term instability in particular is largely underappreciated: a huge male youth boom.<p>There’s a close relationship between surging populations of young …

Bank of America

Meet The Young Nigerian Entrepreneur Rewarding African Achievement

Tonye Rex Idaminabo, a 29 year-old Nigerian lawyer and entrepreneur, is the founder of African Achievers Awards, a set of annual awards bestowed on Africa’s most accomplished achievers in politics, diplomacy and entrepreneurship. Now in its fourth year, the African Achievers Awards recognizes …

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by …

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the …

Renewable Energy

Floating school in Nigeria nominated for design award

Buoyed by recycled barrels, a structure in a fishing village next to Lagos, Nigeria has just been nominated for a Design of the Year Award.<p>Makoko is a slum on the waterfront of Lagos, Nigeria; tens of thousands of people live in the fishing village on stilts. With support from the UN Development …

Africa

Space radar could predict massive sinkholes a month before they collapse

The idea of the ground opening without warning and swallowing you up is nightmare fuel. As populations grow and humans invent new ways to plunder underground resources, sinkholes are only becoming more common—just look at the US sinkhole capital, Florida.<p>But America’s space agency, NASA, said today …

Jet Propulsion

Toilet Paper, Now With More Technology!

What it means that a TP brand went big at SXSW Interactive, which is nominally a tech conference<p>Let's talk bums.<p>Or, rather, #letstalkbums.<p>That's the hashtag promoted by the <i>toilet paper brand</i>, Cottonelle, at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.<p>Yes, a toilet paper brand has a major presence at what is …

Climate engineering ideas no longer considered pie in the sky

WASHINGTON — As international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions stall, schemes to slow global warming using fantastical technologies once dismissed as a sideshow are getting serious consideration in Washington.<p>Ships that spew salt into the air to block sunlight. Mirrored satellites …

Urban-Think Tank's Empower Shack Could Reshape the Face of Slums Across South Africa

Design collective Urban-Think Tank recently released plans for housing that could help improve the infrastructure and general living conditions for …

Why Architects Shouldn't Fetishize Slums - Metropolis

Why Architects Shouldn’t Fetishize Slums<p>Projects like Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City have sparked fascination among architects who overlook the …