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Cycling Osaka: Exploring Japan’s Second City by Bike

Osaka in Japan is in many ways the perfect cycle destination: it’s flat, well-signposted and chock full of interesting destinations to whizz around at high-speed. It’s also relatively cycle-friendly, something that will doubtless come as a bit of a culture shock to British and American tourists used to navigating roads stuffed with particularly homicidal drivers. Here are a few cycle-tour suggestions for those of you who, like me, prefer two wheels to four.

Why Cape Town needs more monuments

Are monuments economically viable? In other words, aside from the immense cultural (and scientific) value in protecting our collective history, do monuments attract a higher number of tourists to justify 1) their maintenance and 2) building more of them?

Infographic: Transport in Cape Town

A visualisation of transport statistics for Cape Town by designer Roann Louw based on the Integrated Transport Plan for the City of Cape Town 2006 to 2011.

Cycling in Iraq

We have heard about cycling experiences across the world, but how about Iraq? Sally Butter shares her experience in Irbil in Iraq.

WATCH: A Country of Cities, A Manifesto for an Urban America

Last monday, Columbia University’s Avery Hall was buzzing. The Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP) hosted a highly attended event that welcomed respected academics and professionals from architecture and real estate to what the dean, Mark Wigley, warned might take the form a a celebrity roast.

Resilient Cities: Reestablishing Communities Post-Disaster

The idea that the resilience of a city rests to a large extent on the people themselves was a point made by a number of participants of July’s #citytalk on resilience. Post-disaster, it is arguably always local people who do the most humanitarian and reconstruction work.

Cape Town’s streets in the spotlight at Future Cape Town Summit

On Monday 30 September, Future Cape Town will be hosting our 4th summit entitled “The Long and Short of Better Streets” at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town. This summit will aim to look at how a city-wide conversation on improved streets, beyond the debate on Long Street, can promote implementation and action. Are we asking the right questions, and do we understand the processes which can lead to action

Opportunity Village, for and by the homeless.

Opportunity Village is a new pilot project in Eugene, Oregon doing just this by allowing those who are currently without housing to build and inhabit their own transitional micro-housing with the support of the surrounding community.

INFOGRAPHIC: How 10 Historical Planners Have Shaped Today’s Cities

Urban design isn’t easy, so when we find a way to make cities work, we often stick with it for a decent chunk of time. Throughout history, urban planners have presented different ideas on how to design successful cities, and their impact is still being felt today. This infographic looks at how ten urban planners have shaped cities, including London, Paris and Washington D.C.

How Public Spaces Revive Cities

The key to restoring life to our public places the chance to have fun, hang out with other folks, and enjoy the surroundings.