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How to Make Cities Happier Places

It's (relatively) easy: Add green space.<p>Researchers have been studying the relationship between mental health and urban green space for years, but they haven’t always been able to make a causal connection between the two.<p>Now, a new study from researchers at the European Centre for Environment and …

More Before-and-After Photos of the World's Best Street Designs

A newly updated archive lets you track images of urban makeovers across the world.<p>Across the world, street design that favors automobiles and ignores pedestrians and cyclists is being rethought—a newly updated resource created by the Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i allows you to chart just …

The Geographic Footprints of the World's Biggest Bike-Share Networks

And what it reveals about the municipality's topography and commitment to transportation alternatives.<p><b>MORE FROM QUARTZ:</b><p>How did the Philippines become the fastest growing economy in Asia?<p>Are new ultra-cheap 3D printers revolutionary or just toys?<p>The Nikkei 225 plummets again today<p>New York’s new …

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, …

Why Millennials Are About to Leave Cities in Droves

As businesses and governments have struggled to understand the so-called millennials—born between roughly 1980 and 2000—one frequent conclusion has …

Urban Design

What Makes a City Beautiful?

A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.<p>Most of us would probably be content to say that beauty is subjective. There may be a measure of symmetry or scale in what makes a person, …

'We have lost the science of building cities' – meet Joan Clos, the unofficial world leader for cities

If there is such a thing as a world leader for cities, a spokesman for the planet’s exploding urban constituency, then perhaps it’s the likeable, silver-haired bundle of Catalan energy sitting across the table from me.<p>Dr Joan Clos, former mayor of Barcelona, is in the middle of a three-day …

Urbanism

The Struggle to Build an American Suburb in Uganda

Akright City promised an alternative to the African cities once designed for the colonial elite. But it has become something it was never meant to be.<p>The neat row of homes on Avocado Lane are nearly identical — two-bedroom red-roofed houses with SUVs in their driveways and welcome mats on their …

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

Models matter. Let’s design more streets like the streets we already love.<p>When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a traffic engineer, it seems, everything looks like a highway.<p>If traffic engineers did not control the design of so many of our public spaces, this might not …

Using Legos as a Legitimate Urban Planning Tool

MIT wants to make transportation planning more transparent—and a bit more fun.<p>MIT researchers unveiled something earlier this month that will please toddlers and serious urban planners alike. It’s a model of Dudley Square—a neighborhood in the greater Boston area—about the size of a kitchen table. …