City Living

July 21, 2013
(was 10.21.2012)

 

Oh, city living. The crush of people, the crowd of buildings, the empty lots, the garbage-strewn slums. 
 
More than half of us will be living urban by 2050. How will we manage?
  1. An Urban Future

    Over the next 70 years, sociologists estimate that the number of people living in cities will double. Chris Anderson, curator of the TED conference, introduces our urban future. 

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  2. City as Organism?

    For decades, urbanists have been thinking about cities as organisms. They take in resources, eject waste, spread and grow. Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West decided to put the idea through the mathematical ringer. So, are cities like organisms? Yes. And no.

    You can also hear the uncut interview with West.

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  3. Sustainable Urbanism?

    Exploding urbanism might be the biggest global innovation challenge, Chris Anderson says.

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  4. City Rules

    If we think of cities as organisms, their DNA is the hodgepodge of rules that shape development. Urban planner Emily Talen talks about how city zoning, coding and laws got started, and how they need to be changed to help us build more livable cities.

    Take a look at a visual archive of city plans.

     

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  5. The State of Cities

    For decades, urbanists have said that ordinary people already know how to solve problems in their communities. 

    Al Letson says what he's seen around the United States proves that true. Letson's the host of the public radio program, State of the Re:Union.

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  6. Innovative Urbanites

    Part of what makes city life great is the creative people who live in - and shape - them.

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  7. Guide to the Urban Age

    In his book, City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, P.D. Smith writes that city living has shaped humanity's past and laid the foundation for our future.

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  8. Seeing Cities

    But how do to help people slow down and get to know their communities? Not just the people, the coffee shops and subway map.

    How to get residents thinking about the natural systems and urban infrastructure that supports city life?

    Artist Mary Miss has some ideas...

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