Different Visions for Floating Cities

Anthropgenic climate change and the severe risk of flooding of coastal cities now predicted as a result by scientists, including the recent warning that disasterous rises in sea levels could … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Urban Innovation: Steel and Plastic “Trees” to Generate Energy

By: Pierre Herman Energy self-sufficiency is a long way off for most cities, but could this innovative idea born in a French start-up help prod cities towards liberation from traditional … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unstoppable Growth: Istanbul’s Decent into “Chaos”

“The ecological limits have been surpassed. The population limits have been surpassed. The economic limits have been surpassed. If you ask me where this will lead….chaos.” (Mucella Yapici, Istanbul Chamber … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

City Visions: London’s Barbican offers a cinematic exploration of cities

The Barbican cultural centre in London (UK) is hosting City Visions, a two-week long celebration of the past, present and future of the urban form and the people who are … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

20 Cities with Great Ideas (That Should be Copied Everywhere): Part 1

By: Pierre Herman 1. Muscat: Keeping it low rise Oman’s private-car dependent capital is no environmentalist’s dream, but what it does have that make it unique among oil-rich Gulf nations … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

China’s incredible ghost cities: urban planning gone terribly wong?

In its bid to relocate an astounding 400 million people into cities, China has for the last several years embarked on a gargantuan-scale city-building effort. What has resulted in some regions is an … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Toronto vs. Barcelona: A tale of two very different cities

Toronto and Barcelona are both aiming for great-city status, but are going about it in a very different way. Yes we need private wealth and a dynamic economy, but shared … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

City spotlight: Medellin

By: Pierre Herman Colombia has caught the eye once again of the world’s urban regenerationists, with Medellin beckoning as the newest piece de resistance. Once a serious contender for the title of world’s … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A radical solution to make urban cycling safer: Skycycle

Could this be the future of transport in London? It will be if Lord Foster has something to say about it. The image above has generated excitement among cyclists and … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Amazing eco-friendly hotels

In the last edition of my sustainable hotels series we crossed four continents in search of perfect city or rural escapes that combine the most up-to-date sustainability credentials with creature-comforts to satisfy … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cool design: Vincent Callebaut’s living, breathing architecture

“Having built the city on the landscape, and then the city on the city, it is now time for the landscape to rebuild itself on the city.” Vincent Callebaut Belgian … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Trend of the future: buildings without parking

Architects, builders and urban planners see a future in car-less living. The American dream is dead. Or at least that part of the American dream which imagined a shiny gas-guzzler … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Urban upcycling: revitalizing cities in the Americas

By Pierre Herman Check out these fine examples of urban space reuse strategies that have helped turn once unsightly urban eyesores including an abandoned Wal-Mart store, a former military base, … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

Bangkok resort a haven of peace and eco-values

You can’t drive there, the pool is full of bugs, and taking a shower gives new meaning to the term “getting close to nature”:  This über-green, yet tech-friendly, urban sanctuary, … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

The changing face of European cities

If there’s a place where the face of inner-city transport is slowly changing for the better, it’s Europe. Progressive cities here (most notably Zurich, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and others) are challenging … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

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