In low-income neighborhoods, even the best-designed parks and community centers go to waste if no one uses them. The nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative is taking that challenge head-on. The late urbanist
For some people, getting dressed in the morning is a joy. Good for them. But for many men and women, the daily task of digging through an overstuffed closet to mix and match items of different fabrics,
The City of Light surrendered its streets to the private automobile in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, under siege from smog and traffic, Paris is leading some of Europe’s most aggressive efforts to fight It’s
Mental toughness is a state of mind. Anyone can develop the mental toughness of a solider without being part of the military. Mental toughness is resilience—the ability to stick to something regardless
The new designs make sure pedestrians get at least 50% of the public space, lanes of traffic be damned. Right now, the Place de la Bastille in Paris is basically a traffic island: A huge memorial sits
WORCESTER, Mass.—A hotel and an apartment complex are rising on a street here that was buried by a shopping mall for four decades. A new office building also opened nearby, replacing a structure that to
This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities. Is it possible to visualize the changing character of a city in one image? For the photographer Martin Roemers,
Suburban malls may be a dying breed, but in cities from New York to Hong Kong, new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric “We didn’t expect to see stores,” says Yulia, as her browses
The chairman of the coffee roaster Illy talks about the future of business and why corporations need to care about sustainability. Illy is perhaps one of the most recognized coffee businesses in the world.
Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.
Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination. This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away. But cities don’t throw
fastcoexist.com - About the author Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized social entrepreneur and authority of social innovation. He is the CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them. Aaron is the founder and an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market More
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People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only "out there" the
Through large-scale demolition and clearance, American urban renewal waged a war on perceived waste—and created a new tide of it. This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander,
African cities are forecast to urbanize at a rate of 3.65% annually, adding nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, according to the Brookings Institution. A billion more people are expected to living
Design has evolved beyond making objects – organizations now want to learn how to think like designers, and apply design principles to the workplace itself. One company at the forefront of this methodology
The program has proven to be hugely popular with wealthy and upper-middle-class families. Poor families -- not so much. Back in 2015, Nevada decided to go all-in on vouchers, establishing the voucheriest
Now that LinkedIn has a new look, it’s time to update your account–starting with these four cuts. With its largest desktop redesign ever, LinkedIn is fighting the good fight against distraction. The 2017
It gives us a glimpse of our strange future. It used to happen a lot: Teetering home drunk and disconsolate late at night through the shadowy semi-suburbs of north London, I would turn a corner and find,
The danger isn’t that Trump will build an autocracy. It’s that congressional Republicans will let him. There is nothing about the Trump administration that should threaten America’s system of government.
fastcoexist.com - About the author Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world's largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley. More
The results of a De Blasio approved feasibility study are now out The transformation of Hudson Yards into a full-fledged neighborhood is still ongoing, but already several similar decking-over-railyards