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Eight Guidelines to Keep Creativity at the Heart of Cities
May 21, 2013
The buzzword ‘creativity’ comes in handy when making top-down planning strategies sound somewhat more positive, inclusive or even alternative. However, what creativity signifies in some cultures is very different from others.
Urban Ideology in Obama’s Brand of Regionalism
May 13, 2013
According to a new book, Obama aims to “abolish the suburbs, ideally by having cities annex suburban municipalities.” Is the author right that Obama's policies are “hostile to traditions of individual freedom”?
Rethinking Cities: Demonstrating the Opportunity of Meanwhile Use
May 1, 2013
This Big City is partnering with London-based charity 3Space on 'Re:THINK' - their new event kicking off May 1st in Blackfriars, London. We got the chance to put a few questions to the event's organisers.
Infographic: Cities Embracing the Green Revolution
May 20, 2013
Could a 'green revolution' in cities be the solution to rising CO2 levels? This new infographic provides an interesting view of sustainability in New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm.
Texas and Bangladesh: Tragedies of Placeless Economics
May 14, 2013
We are living under a system of placeless economics, where a few digits on an accountant’s spreadsheet negate the common sense of properly building and locating industrial facilities.
The DIY Disaster Plan
May 9, 2013
As cities around the world grapple with rising sea levels and strengthening storms, governments are responding with an array of infrastructural solutions. But there’s a growing awareness that combating disasters with hard infrastructure alone ignores half the equation.
San Francisco’s Uber-Complicated Taxi Industry
May 24, 2013
Hailing a cab in San Francisco is difficult and time-consuming. While a visitor, perhaps unaware of how else to navigate the city, might crack this up to market failures, anyone well-versed in local politics knows better.
Greening Cities with Better Bike Lanes
May 15, 2013
The Green Lane Project has brought together six U.S. cities to build more protected bike trails. Martha Roskowski, Director of the project, put some time aside to talk to This Big City.
The Road that Goes, Mercifully Enough, to “Nowhere”
April 26, 2013
Tales about America’s “freeway revolts” are usually told through notable cities such as San Francisco and Portland. But one project less talked about—although equally devastating—would have been the East-West Expressway proposed in the 1960s for Baltimore.
New Ventilation System Keeps Buildings Fresh But Warm
May 22, 2013
A Cambridge University spin-off has an innovative solution for ventilating sealed buildings involving mixing fresh (but cold) incoming air with interior air.
The Economic and Educational Value of Retrofitting Schools
May 17, 2013
With the potential to reduce carbon consumption and energy costs, retrofitting older schools makes sense. And schools are increasingly discovering the education value of retrofitting too. retrofitting its school is an investment that Impington Village College, near Cambridge in England, can’t afford not to make. Especially given that its annual carbon emissions – currently at 101.33kgCO2/m2 – are double the national average.
Producing Sustainable Solar Panels Without Rare Materials
May 7, 2013
The energy that comes out of solar panels is renewable, but what about the panels themselves? Not so much - today’s leading solar panels owe their high sunlight-to-electricity conversion rates to the use of rare elements. The pressure is on to find a way of making solar power even more sustainable.
Six Long Form Reads About Sustainable Cities
April 12, 2013
The internet has typically rewarded those of us with a short attention span, but long form reads are beginning to find an audience online, with topics relevant to sustainable cities getting plenty of coverage. Here's six articles that are worth reading, if you've got the time.
CityCamp Brighton: Reclaiming Democratic Structures for Citizens
April 10, 2013
"The problem we're trying to solve is people are disengaging more and more with formal politics," said Emma Daniel of Citizens Agenda - the overall winner at this year's CityCamp Brighton 'unconference'.
Why SimCity Has Lost it’s Way
April 5, 2013
The launch of the latest SimCity has been dogged with problems - mostly technical. And the functionality is far removed from previous versions, changing the meaning of the game significantly. Is the digital urban planning dream dead?