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This Big City has been on Tumblr for almost three years now, and as we approach our 1,000th post (tumble?) we thought we’d highlight some of our favourite urbanism Tumblogs. There’s a great community of urbanism bloggers on Tumblr, and choosing our ten favourites was no easy task, especially after we asked our followers to nominate themselves for an extra look-in. But we did it. Here’s ten of our favourite urbanism Tumblogs (in no particular order, I should add):
Urbalize presents a portfolio of images and videos exploring imaginative use of urban space. Whilst some content is a vision of what are cities could be, a lot looks at what cities have already achieved. A pretty positive vision overall, despite this being their opening quote: ‘It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.’
SPATIALforces is a lot of fun. I hope that’s the point. A good chunk of their recent posts have been text-heavy images, providing ‘food for thought’, or something to have a chuckle over. See above. Comments like ‘if you want to change society, don’t build anything’ won’t keep the developers happy, but they probably aren’t on Tumblr anyway. Well worth checking out.
This Big City and Secret Republic have collaborated on projects in the past, largely because Secret Republic is AWESOME. Kasey Klimes runs the show and his passion for improving urban ecosystems is evident in every post. Our two-wheeled friend, the bicycle, gets a lot of coverage, but there’s far more going on, with human scale cities, green roofs, and sustainable economics getting exposure.
I don’t think there’s a better blog on Tumblr for urban photography. Urbnist posts beautiful photographs of city scenes at an impressive frequency, and would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s Tumblr Dashboard.
Any blog that describes itself as ‘Ctrl+v’ing ideas, innovations, knowledge and pretty pictures from cities around the world’ gets a thumbs-up from me. But Captain Plan it is a worthwhile read because it’s doing a great job with the Ctrl and V buttons. Anything remotely urban gets a reblog, resulting in a varied and exciting selection of urban ideas.
Mark Minkjan looks at ‘respirations of the urban environment’ with City Breaths, exploring the everyday of our cities. City Breaths shares videos, images and links, and Mark is unafraid to challenge urban flaws despite seeming pretty captivated by them.
A Tumblog where ‘all comments are made purely of kick-ass’. Entrapped Spaces rethinks the city, finding fun in the everyday and sharing some great quotes. Of the kick-ass variety, of course.
Our only region-specific entry on the list, MoRUS aims to ‘preserve, research, archive, and exhibit the historical squats and gardens of Manhattan’s Lower East side’, and the visual end result is pretty captivating stuff you can appreciate whatever part of the world you’re in.
No prizes for guessing the topic of this Tumblog. Manu Fernández presents a ‘sketchbook of ideas’ exploring scale and the human side of cities, leaning heavily towards literature on the topic. If you’re after some reading material beyond blogs, this would be a good site to follow.
Another one where the clue’s in the name. Urban Funscape is This Big City’s latest Tumblr obsession (and our final addition to this list), providing a stream of images that never fail to bring out a smile. Cities can be hilarious places – often unintentionally – and this Tumblog has captured moments that most urban dwellers could relate to.