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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.

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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.

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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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Watch: Eko Atlantic City – The journey to completion

Eko Atlantic City, the 10 million square meters city being built on reclaimed land is an engineering feat. It is expected that the first residents will move in by the end of this year. The progress is incredible but how will this extension of Lagos impact the city socially, economically and environmentally?

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WATCH: The City is the People

Watch ‘The City is the People’, three short films exploring the street space of Lagos Island submitted as part of the Cinecity Architectural Film Project 2013

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WATCH: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.

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Human Scale to screen at Design Indaba

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.

Lagos battles traffic in a unique way

Heavy traffic jams on the roads of Lagos, are one the biggest problems confronting residents. The Ministry of Transport have implemented some unique ways to battle traffic, and surprisingly are coming out on top.

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WATCH: The World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014, by Monocle TV

Have a look on the recent short film of Monocle TV introducing Future Cape Town’s Walking Tour as an official project of the World Design Capital.

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WATCH: “Do it yourself”, a new vision for urban design practice

With World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014 underway, watch alternative urban design practices in American cities exploring inspirational possibilities for your own city.