Paris. A romantic city of grand boulevards, of tree-lined plazas filled with cafés and bistros. A city of beauty, a city of love, a city of light. The grand 19th century buildings shining with glamour, gorgeous cathedrals gazing down on you. But aside from this, there is another Paris. A poorer one, more everyday. There are highways, jammed with pollution-spewing cars. One that is not … Continue reading Can Paris succeed in reuniting itself?
All of a sudden, someone calls 9-1-1 with a medical emergency. The nearest ambulance dispatcher is notified automatically, and within seconds, an ambulance is on the road. Due to the new smart traffic lights, the light turns green when the ambulance gets to the intersection, making the journey faster and safer, potentially saving lives. Just 2 minutes after the 9-1-1 call first came in, paramedics … Continue reading Smart vs Smarter: How tech is changing the way our cities work
Welcome to Xiongan, a bustling global metropolis, three times the size of New York. A powerful and influencial city worldwide, the center is located about 100 miles from Beijing, the historic capital of China. Oh, wait. Hardly anyone lives there yet. This place is all but a fantasy, at least now. Home to a few rural villages and farms, China’s government plans to build a … Continue reading Ghost cities: Why China is building a metropolis in the middle of nowhere
New York City conjures up an image of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, and the great lawns of Central Patk for most people. If you’re somewhat famillar with the city, chances are you’ll know about Brooklyn, and maybe even Queens and the Bronx. But what about the other borough, the fifth one. The one that only has one road connection to the rest of the city. The … Continue reading The forgotten borough?
The book Never Built New York is extremely fascinating. Once you start reading, you will find yourself flipping from page to page, reading about failed concepts to transform the city. From skyscrapers to new street grids, this book is filled with ideas on how architects, urban planners, and mayors were planning to leave their mark on the Big Apple. Some plans dating back to the late 19th century, … Continue reading Book Review: Never Built New York
Genre: Documentary Urbanized is a fascinating documentary, highlighting what is important about cities and what draws people to them, while calling attention to the issues they face in the 21st century. The film starts off, with experts and urban planners explaining what makes a city a place people want to be. People are drawn to cities for opportunity for a better life. Throughout the film, many … Continue reading Film Review: Urbanized