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Drawing Out the Urban Art Scene in Limerick, Ireland

sexton st Twenty of the world’s leading urban artists will descend on Limerick city, a city in the Mid-Western region of Ireland, over the coming months as the city continues to embrace a genre once seen as taboo by traditional mindsets. Read more
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Buffalo Falls or Detroit One: New Urban Monikering in the Global Economy

Cities in the near future will rely more and more on engaging and selling their communities’ opportunities upon the global market place. Investors and entrepreneurs will become more globally fixated and people will gradually gravitate to communities that provide confidence for their various investments. Read more

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Micro-Geographies of Homelessness: A Guided Tour Through Schöneberg, Berlin

This is not your typical tour: viewing the city form the perspective of its homeless population. Read more

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Death in the City

burial There's been concern for some time that the UK might be on the verge of running out of burial space, particularly in large cities like London. A number of solutions have been put forward, suggesting there's plenty of opportunities in passing. Read more
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Medellín: Miracle or Marketing Ploy?

After the World Urban Forum, Medellín is on the mind of many urbanists. But are the exuberant assessments of the city truly merited? Is it really accurate to talk about the “Medellín miracle”? Read more

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Temporary Cities: Introducing Our Next #citytalk

Is temporariness the most important contemporary urban issue? (And yes, temporariness is indeed a word). When architect, researcher and friend of This Big City Alison Killing got in touch asking us that very question, we couldn't help but think it was the ideal topic for our next #citytalk tweetchat. Read more

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A Dose of Social Reality from the San Diego-Tijuana Border

bordersandiego An average of 66,000 of cars and 28,500 pedestrians cross the San Diego-Tijuana border everyday. This border region is the busiest and biggest land border in the western hemisphere, and both of its ports of entry illustrate the far-reaching social iniquities of the region. Read more
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Greening London’s Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

Green infrastructure proposals are critical for cities, but space is sometimes limited. So why not start by greening the city’s most polluting manifestations: its motorways? Read more

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Commute of Millions: The Reality of Bangkok’s Urban Gridlock

The urban landscape of Bangkok has changed beyond recognition in just a generation. Growth has resulted in urban gridlock, and the city's public transport network has work to do. Read more
 

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Regeneration by Shopping: Sheffield’s Missed Opportunity to Rethink City Development

Projects_1060_SheffieldRetailQuarter_Carousel-980x550 When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration. Read more
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New York City Gets Ready for a Self-Reinforcing Fungus Tower

Typically “fungus” and “building” are not words people like to hear together. While we were busy scrubbing the black mold off our bathtubs, David Benjamin, head of the New York architectural firm The Living, was designing the Hy-Fi, a 40-foot-tall circular fungal tower, and potential precursor for more eco-friendly skyscrapers. Read more

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Building a Sustainable New York City

When it comes to sustainability, big cities can get a bad reputation. When so many people are concentrated in a relatively small area, convenience often takes precedence over environmental awareness. Cities like New York are trying to battle this though, and they’re starting on the home front: real estate. Read more

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#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 7)

CITYDATA IMAGE Numbers can tell us a lot. Like how many bikeshare rides were taken on the coldest day of the year, how many miles the average American drives, and much more. Read more
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City Hype: Introducing Our Next #citytalk

For our next #citytalk tweetchat, we invite you to discuss whether cities are over-hyped or if this discussion can lead to a shift towards localised agendas that put communities at heart of cities. Read more

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Disrupting the City: When Capitalism and Government Collide

Out of all the words in Silicon Valley’s lexicon, “disrupt” holds a special place. Companies are 'disrupting' inefficient market practices, and though citizen engagement applications have been garnering less attention than some of their more profitable counterparts, they’re gaining traction nonetheless. Read more