Cities

More than half the world's population lives in cities. In these TED Talks, explore the crowded favelas, greened-up blocks and futuristic districts that will shape the future of cities -- and the future of humanity.

Exclusive articles about Cities

The shortest paths to happiness. Literally

Figuring out how to walk quickly from A to B is easy. Just plug two addresses into your favorite map app, and off you go. But sometimes getting to a place as quickly as possible...
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Video playlists about Cities

Our future in cities

15 talks • 3h 44m
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.

Architectural inspiration

9 talks • 2h 45m
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.

The big picture

15 talks • 4h 18m
Must-listen talks about the future of the environment, crime, technology, government and the human race.

Talks to give you wanderlust

9 talks • 1h 59m
Prepare to be swept away with longing for distant places. Hit play on these talks while you pack your bags for an epic journey.

TED Books

TED Book: City 2.0

City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There

12 promising, provocative responses to modern urbanization, from transportation to food to art.
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