cities — through TED Talks, playlists, photo contests
and stories that examine city life.
TED gave ten $10,000 awards to innovative ideas about urban transformation through 2012.
12 promising, provocative responses to the challenge of mondern-day urbanization, in realms from transportation to food to art.Download Book »
On St. Patrick’s Day in 2008, Chris Downey, an architect, planner and consultant,
reported to the hospital for surgery to remove a brain tumor. The procedure was a
success. But two days later, his sight started to fail. On the third day, it was
gone. Here, he describes relearning how to navigate life in his home of San Francisco
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Many in Dhaka experience poverty, limited education, exploitation… but born-and-bred Dhakaite, architect Nurur Rahman Khan, explains why he'd never live anywhere else. See also a gallery of photographs taken all over the metropolis by Mohammad Tauheed, even as the city experienced another 48-hour strike. Read more »
Danny Squires was at work when the 6.3-magnitude rocked Christchurch in February,
2011. "It was this unimaginable violence that you could do nothing about. It just
obliterated the city," he remembers in this profile that looks at how the city has
tried to rebuild since that dreadful day. See also great pictures by Clayton Prest.
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Must-listen talks about the future of the environment, crime, technology, government and the human race.
Humanity's future is the future of cities. Explore the crowded favelas, greened-up blocks and futuristic districts that could shape the future of cities -- and take a profane, hilarious side trip to the suburbs.
Master architects share their vision for buildings that inflate, float, twist and glitter, while artfully addressing the challenges faced by their residents, their cities and the planet.
“I don’t think protected bicycle ways are a cute architectural feature. They are a right, just as sidewalks are,” says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, in today’s talk. “Protected bikeways also are a powerful symbol of democracy, because they show that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important to one […]
Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In today’s talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving […]
“It doesn’t need to be a zero-sum game between moving traffic and creating public space,” says Janette Sadik-Khan in today’s TED Talk, filmed at TEDCity2.0 earlier this month. Sadik-Khan tells the story of how she and her team — quickly and cheaply, but not without controversy — changed New York from a city designed for […]
— James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler may be the world’s most outspoken critic of suburban sprawl. He believes the end of the fossil fuels era will soon force a return to smaller-scale, agrarian communities -- and an overhaul of the most destructive features of postwar society.
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Started by Adam Newton, Manager, Global Strategy Team, Shell, The Hague, Netherlands
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Started by Jamia Wilson, New York, NY, United States