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Architect's Dream House: Less Than 200 Square Feet

<b>Listen · 7:14</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>A Look Inside Macy Miller's Tiny House<p>You might think going through a divorce and losing your home to foreclosure would be hard to bounce back from, and they are, but <i>Tell Me More</i> caught up with a woman who beat the odds and built a new home for …

One City Says It Has Proof That Ending Homelessness Is Possible

A phenomenally successful program in Phoenix has gotten nearly every homeless veteran off the streets. Now the question is whether they can expand it to others.<p>More than half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, despite decades of efforts to solve the problem. Is it even possible to end …

Homelessness

At The Merit Shop, You Pay With Creativity Instead Of Money

This San Francisco social experiment bills itself as a “little corner shop of anarchy.” Its creators hope it offers a small dose of relief amid the rancor about the city’s rapidly rising income inequality.<p>Do a handstand, tell a story, or show off any other talent you happen to have, and The Merit …

Income Inequality

Can We Use Smells To Design Better Cities?

The scents of rosemary, lemon, lavender, and orange can help improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients. The smell of citrus can motivate people to clean their homes. And sniffing spiced apples can lower blood pressure. If these micro-examples of the benefits of smell sound like an ad campaign for …

Joi Ito Explains His Theories of Organic City Design

As part of their coverage of the Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation, Grasp Magazine interviewed Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab. He …

Design

Biomimicry and Gentrification | Center for Humans & Nature

It all started about 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago. It might have been a Thursday. A bit of cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae, began …

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”

<b>Foster + Partners</b> has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The seemingly plausible proposal, which was …

Architecture

The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects

Inspiration is a funny thing: when you need it is nowhere to be seen, and just when you're not expecting it, it can blindside you in the least …

How Cities Are Using Data To Save Lives

From Denver’s schools to Baltimore’s stretched budget, cities are creating major urban policy wins that are powered by cold, hard data.<p>Baltimore reached the lowest infant mortality rate the city has ever recorded in 2012. Denver Public School students saw test scores improve by 14% in reading and …

A 137-Mile 'Cycling Utopia' Floating Above London's Rail Lines

Cars, buses, and rogue pedestrians are all conspiring against cyclists in congested cities, forever running them down, scaring them silly or simply …

The 10 Smartest Cities In North America

Which cities are doing the most to become the sustainable, connected, innovative city of the future?<p>See the next list in our series of smart city rankings: Asia / Pacific.<p>The survival of our species on planet earth is largely going to be determined by what happens in our cities. By 2050, 70% of the …

Smart Cities

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

Staten Island

Hamburg's Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years

About 40% of the area of Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is made up of green areas, cemeteries, sports facilities, gardens, parks and …

Women in Science

What Exactly Is A Smart City?

Before you start pushing for smarter cities, it helps to know exactly what you’re advocating for.<p>Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments. However, I …

Smart Cities

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …