Kevin Kennon

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Why Do Cities Exist, and What Makes Them Grow? Here’s A Detailed Explanation

In this video, Wendover Productions asks some simple (if rarely asked) questions about cities: Why do they exist? What causes them to grow …

Urbanism

Future Cities Will Be Built On Next Generation Infrastructure

<p>“Cities in the past were built on river banks. They are now built along highways, But in the future they will be built based on availability …

Cities and terror: an indivisible and brutal relationship

Through successive waves of terrorist attacks, the city has consistently been the target – for reasons that are unlikely to change any time soon, writes Jason Burke<p>Almost 140 years ago, a wave of bombs exploded in London. Though they killed a relatively small number of people, they attracted a lot …

Analysis: How to rebuild after the retail apocalypse

<i>Video by Today</i><p><b>Where suburbs see dead malls, developers see condos, megachurches and paintball fields.</b><p>Load Error<p>In late October of this year, the …

These Are the World’s Best Cities to Visit in 2018

Ranking the world’s best cities is a difficult task, but global consulting firm Resonance Consultancy did just that, as it compiled the most …

The World's Best Cities 2018

Ranking cities is a risky endeavor. How can one be objective and fair when this great earth and its 7.6 billion inhabitants would never come to …

Houston's Flood Is a Design Problem

It’s not because the water comes in. It’s because it is forced to leave again.<p>Floods cause greater property damage and more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes. And Houston’s flood is truly a disaster of biblical proportions: The sky unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water on the city within two days, …

Georgia Tech

Are These Dutch Floating Homes a Solution for Rising Seas?

Houseboats have long been a common sight near Amsterdam, but a new community may signal a premise that could work elsewhere, too.<p>Not far from Amsterdam's Central Station lies IJburg. Hidden in plain view, the city's newest district is somewhat of an undiscovered secret. In fact, IJburg is known …

American Cities

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Redesign Our Cities: The Future of Transportation Goes beyond Roads

In this rendering, the possibilities of unused parking structures are reenvisioned as community space and other uses. (Gensler) At the 1939 World’s …

Urban Design

Here Are The Skills That Make American Cities Unique (Chicago Is Thick With Criminal Lawyers)

If you’ve ever wondered what makes your city unique, perhaps architecture, cuisine and lifestyle came to mind. With today’s proliferation of data, we can also understand the skill sets that make cities unique, and it provides a fascinating view into local economies. Professional networking platform …

American Cities

The Future of Toronto: Sleek Design Meets Canadian Practicality

How do you turn a country's economic hub into an exemplar of green design?<p>Toronto, the fourth-largest city in North America and home to over 2.6 …

FBI clears Clinton -- again

<b>(CNN) —</b> FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.<p>"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey wrote in the new letter to …

Government

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."<p>Cities of all sizes are reorienting their transportation priorities toward people over cars. Rebranding streets as "complete," "shared," or "great" reflects a turn away from automobility as the only choice for urban travel. Local transportation …

The poor are better off when we build more housing for the rich

To low-income residents and the groups that fight for them in expensive cities, new market-rate housing often feels like part of the problem. If San Francisco and Washington are becoming rapidly unaffordable to the poor, why build more apartments for the rich?<p>New housing, these voices fear, will …

Customizable "Microscape" Tiles Celebrate the Beauty of Beloved City Skylines as 3D Puzzle Pieces

Sometimes the grandiose nature of architectural design makes it hard to discern smaller structural complexities. William Ngo, of TO+WN DESIGN, and Alan Silverman, principal at AJSNY, aim to change that with their miniature versions of iconic New York architecture. Their <i>Microscape</i> models are …

Replicas

Google’s Latest Ambition? Fix Broken Cities

Google has conquered search, email, document-sharing, maps, and more (fashion, of course, remains a work in progress). Now, it’s turning its eye to cities. The <i>New York Times reports</i> that Google is starting and funding Sidewalk Labs, a new independent company “that will pursue technologies to cut …

Changing the World, One Street at a Time With EcoDistricts

Article by Erin Tharp.<b>EcoDistricts by ZGF ARCHITECTS LLP, in Southwest Washington, DC, United States of America.</b>It could easily be argued that the …

Urbanism

Colorful Lights Are Turning Skyscrapers Into Tacky Billboards

As LEDs make it cheaper to illuminate buildings, cities are becoming experimental visual spaces—and not always for the better.<p>After the sun went down on April 29, 1942, in New York City, an unusual patchwork of light scattered over the city. Army officials had ordered the mass dimming of …

Skyscrapers

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use. …

A new report from the World Bank identified 6 cities that exemplify 'global competitiveness' — they aren't the ones you think

We're all familiar with the list of superstar cities that power the global economy. London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore are among the world's largest and most dynamic. But can smaller and medium-sized cities ever compete? What are the secrets to building competitive global urban …

World Economy

The death of architecture

British architects have become political and cultural punch-bags, and the Budget's "radically relaxed" planning rules in Enterprise Zones will batter …

The $50 Million Competition to Remake the American City

In the next 30 years, the American population will rise by 70 million people. This being the future, those people will love ordering stuff online …

The lingering effects of NYC's racist city planning

While changing hearts and minds is essential for the end of racism, the infrastructure of cities will also have to be altered in order to have …

Urban Design

Beyond the maximum: cities may be booming, but who's invited to the party?

Photograph: Godong/UIG via Getty Images<p>Chinatown apartments, New York.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/2bad69197627a5e75fbdbeeeaadd88ad9878bbf3/0_341_5096_3059/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images<p>Activists march to New York’s City Hall to demand more affordable housing options for …

East Village

Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all

The huge post-credit crunch buying up of urban buildings by corporations has significant implications for equity, democracy and rights<p>Does the massive foreign and national corporate buying of urban buildings and land that took off after the 2008 crisis signal an emergent new phase in major cities? …

List-Worthy

What's Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise

Methodology<p>NASA's Model<p>Researchers who study the Earth's climate create models to test their assumptions about the causes and trajectory of global …

Climate Change

The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

It's an unexpected romance that's blossoming in surprising ways.<p>At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine.<p>In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an …

Real Estate

Above #Chitecture

Watch How Designers Re-engineered an Island to Make a Park in New York City

Parks aren’t always built just so we can enjoy the trees. On Governor’s Island in New York City, a truly unique public space will bring nature back …