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What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

burning man Last week 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. Read more
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Open House: Take a Look Inside London’s Most Inspiring Buildings

It's that time of year again - when buildings across London open their doors to the general public as part of Open House London. Over 800 buildings are involved, and the whole thing is free. Read more

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Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy?

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe. Read more

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Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

Books under Bridge In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as "non-places", under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city. Read more
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Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings. But the quality of life provided by Melbourne’s suburbs comes at a price. Read more

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Participating in Planning Our Cities: Our next #CityTalk

Top-down or bottom-up approach to plan our cities. Join us for our next #CityTalk as we discussed citizen led urban planning and design. Read more

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Infographic: The 5 Largest Public Transit Systems in the US

us transit info snapshot Did you know: the five largest public transit systems in the US can be found in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. This new infographic looks at the history and development of these systems. Read more
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Bogotá Builds on its Bike Hire Scheme

One month ago, Bogotá launched the second corridor of its new city cycle hire scheme, adding 3 stations, 21 employees, and 55 bikes to their existing network. Read more

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How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future

Being the home state to Silicon Valley is a mixed blessing. There are enormous advantages to concentrating the world’s best programmers and electronics designers within your borders, but when the tech gurus think they can solve the problems of your state by treating it like a start-up, things start to get messy. Read more

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Are Smaller Cities Across Asia Neglecting Their Online Presence?

chittagong-website-pic1 City websites matter because they market and promote the city, and form the image of the city online. With this in mind, we did a quick survey of the online presence of secondary cities from across Asia. What was the overall impression and which cities fared the best? Read more
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Cities on the Move: Visualizing the Flow of Rotterdam’s Urban Landscape

These nine videos are the first visualization of Rotterdam’s urban metabolism. Read more

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Stretch Goals: Louisville Learns from Data to Reduce Injuries Among City Employees

In January 2012, Public Works in Louisville began benchmarking its rate of significant injuries that cause employees to miss time, limit their duties, or worse. Finding a rate of over 30 percent in the first month, officials in Public Works and Performance Improvement suspected they had significant room to improve. Read more