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Urban Density and Landscape: Creative Solutions in Hong Kong

With increasing urban density, cities are being forced to find sustainable alternative solutions to problems of transportation in urban centers. In cities like Hong Kong, where urban density remains a major issue, creative projects...

Posted March 1, 2013    

21 Artists Pop-Up in Unused Storefront

21 Artists – my project in downtown Chicago where 21 artists temporarily set up shop in a vacant storefront - started with a bang, featuring two visual artists, an illustrator and a graffiti artist, on its introductory day of February 1st. The...

Posted February 25, 2013    

Music and the City: Sonic Landscapes [Video]

The intersection of music and the city is a long-standing phenomenon. Historical music hubs, well-loved record stores and much revered music venues all signify well the presence of music production and performance in the city. But how can this...

Posted February 22, 2013    

"Bio-Concrete" Uses Bacteria to Heal Itself [Video]

By Kyla Mandel at Green FuturesNo product evokes a sense of solidity and sturdiness the way concrete does. However, the tiniest of cracks in an otherwise colossal slab will inevitably lead to structural degradation, leakages and costly repairs.It is...

Posted February 21, 2013    

Urban Opportunities: Energy Management Software

There are nearly five million commercial and industrial facilities in the U.S. Collectively, they account for nearly half of all domestic energy consumption, costing more than $200 billion annually. However, Chris Pacitti, partner at ...

Posted February 20, 2013    

Five Urban Vending Machines with a Difference

Maybe it’s because of my sheltered upbringing in rural Wales, but a vending machine to me is something you put money in to get a drink or some kind of snack. I’m always fascinated by vending machines in hotels that sell things like socks or...

Posted February 19, 2013    

Why a Sales Tax on Gasoline Makes Sense

Progressive policy makers have a creativity problem. It’s not that they’re stuck in an unimaginative funk where new ideas are simply recycled old ones that include some sort of social media strategy. Rather, it’s the theory that every policy...

Posted February 16, 2013    

Streetcars Make a Return to Seattle

Most people associate cable cars with San Francisco. However, it was only 125 years ago that they were a popular form of transit in Seattle. In 1884, a horse-drawn trolley between Occidental Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle marked the...

Posted February 11, 2013    

How Grand Central Terminal Lived to 100

Soon after Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913, it was viewed as an one of the great public spaces in America, an icon of modern travel. By the 1940s, a popular radio drama bearing its name would open with a blast from a locomotive whistle and an...

Posted February 9, 2013    

Creative Shanghai: A Photo Essay

Shanghai is arguably China’s ever-incandescent jewel in its magisterial urban crown. A megacity of over 23 million people, it has catalysed the shift of global economic hegemony eastward, with seemingly each one of its inhabitants spurring it on....

Posted February 6, 2013    

Public Transit Done Right

By Darryl d’Monte at Green FuturesFor anyone stuck in one of India’s interminable traffic jams, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system sounds like the answer to a prayer. Cheaper and easier to implement than a full scale underground metro, BRT has proved...

Posted February 2, 2013    

Food and the City: Security, Sustainability, and Urban Farming

This Big City and Future Cape Town hosted our first #citytalk tweetchat of 2013 last week, looking at Food and the City, which, after much discussion certainly provided food for thought. The importance of the topic was once again highlighted at the...

Posted February 1, 2013