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London cycling

WATCH: A vision for a more cycling-friendly London

Design expert and avid cyclist Peter Murray recalls some of his favourite cycling experiences in London and considers strategies for improving cycling infrastructure in the city.

lagos

Watch: Lagos Rising – Where next for “Africa’s London”?

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, riding on a lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions in the city’s slums wonder if they will benefit.

Ecuador President Rafael Correa

Our mobile-era cities: Ecuador to introduce its very own digital currency

In December 2014, Ecuador will introduce its very own digital currency. Backed 100% by government and regulated by the central bank, this digital currency – which is yet to be named – will be the first centralized national currency in the world to function digitally, and be accessed using a mobile device.

iabr- Challenge of the City

WATCH: Smart urbanism, not smart cities by Maarten Hajer

Maarten Hajer is the Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
Hajer feels that we need to get rid of the modernist paradigm and reinvent urbanism for the 21st century. “We don’t need smart cities, we need smart urbanism. That is truly the challenge that can make and determine the economy of the 21st century.”

WAR & CONFLICT BOOKERA:  KOREAN WAR/DEATH & DESTRUCTION

Rotterdam: Story of an Open City

‘This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present.’ This opening message demonstrates the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’.

Source: Phil Shirley/ flickr

WATCH: A Preview Tour of London’s Cheesegrater

A preview tour of one of the latest additions to London’s skyline- the Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as ‘The Chessegrater’.

Screen shot of Crowded Earth Video

Crowded Earth: Where is everyone going to live?

60 million people every year are heading into the cities and the UN estimates the trend is going to continue until 85% of the whole population end up living in the cities. With the vast migration to urban spaces, the challlenge is creating cities that are space efficient and intergrated.

Source: JJ/flickr

Watch: Why is it so expensive to build in London?

This video from the Economist reveals how these high costs arise thanks to the city’s historic infrastructure. Vast networks of underground tunnels, unexploded World War II bombs, ancient Roman ruins, and narrow medieval roads all contribute to the complexity of construction in the city.

New cities summit

Watch: New Cities Summit aims to re-imagine cities

Check out a short video review of this year’s New Cities Summit held in Dallas, Texas.

rem 2013 (www.metalocus.es)

10 Must-See Architecture Documentaries

An outline of 10 very inspiring architectural documentaries; from recollections of the Eames’ legacy to the highly anticipated film, REM. All come highly recommended.

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