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Smith & Gill Architecture: Great City

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Green-focused, pedestrian-first satellite city planned for China

China's hyper-dense urban centers tend to conjure images of huge crowds, gridlocked traffic, and polluted air. The Great City, now under construction near the city of Chengdu, aims to be anything but that. Designed by Chicago firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the Great City is a plan for a sustainability-focused, pedestrian-based satellite city that 80,000 people will......read more

Photographer Navid Baraty Shoots the City

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Dizzying perspectives of urban environments in NYC and Tokyo

Born and raised in rural Ohio, NYC-based photographer Navid Baraty worked as an engineer before bailing to pursue his artistic passion full time. His interest in portraying the human condition and in shifting perceptions of the earth is on full display in his wide-ranging portfolio, from which we pulled a few samples that document life in the city. From overhead shots of intersections......read more

Bike Score Ranks the Top Biking Cities in North America

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The Walk Score team released new bikeability rankings, and they contain a few surprises

The website Walk Score has announced the extension of its "Bike Score" rankings for neighborhoods and places to 25 cities. The ratings seek to educate riders on how bikeable their city, neighborhood or block is based on a specific set of criteria, using an easily digestible scoring system that ranks bikeability on a scale of 1 to 100. Heat maps show the most bikeable areas in green, and least......read more

Thierry Cohen: Darkened Cities

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French photographer superimposes rural night skies on the world's greatest metropoles

There are plenty of reasons to love living in the city, but star-gazing isn't one of them. French photographer Thierry Cohen rectifies the urban light pollution problem with Darkened Cities, a photo series depicting famous city skylines with the lights shut off. To make the images, Cohen blended photos of city scenes--altered to eliminate lights--with photos of night skies from less populated......read more

Terrific Tree and Plant Photos by Brad McMurray

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Vancouver photographer finds beauty in the banal

Brad McMurray locates the beauty in everyday scenes with his photos of  trees and plants in the city. Like a plant-focused William Eggleston,  McMurray surveys the banal to uncover the moments where the urban and natural worlds collide: My work focuses on the mundane and ordinary world and I think that no subject is fuller of implications than this one... I strive to make forms make......read more

Can Aquaponics Change the Way We Eat?

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Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers, on the farming technique that may revolutionize our food system

The city farming movement conjures images of growers covered in soil, planting and picking in community or rooftop garden plots. But perhaps the most promising technique for urban agriculture involves pumps and pipes in squeaky clean labs. It's called aquaponics, and it may revolutionize the way we eat. In a piece for The Atlantic Cities, UrbanFarmers CEO Roman Gaus describes how it......read more

Mezmerizing Mirrored Cityscapes

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Cities appear as floating mirages in these breathtaking images

Talk about double vision! At certain angles in the right time of day, cities that sit on bodies of water can appear as mirages, with their skylines mirrored in the water below. These spellbinding photographs, originally seen on scene360, show off this stunning mirrored effect that happens when a panoramic cityscape sits on a body of water. Taken by various photographers, each image shows a......read more

The 10 Best Biking Cities In America

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The new Bike Score results are in. How does your city rank?

Having grown up in the age of the automobile, North American cities aren't generally the most bikeable places in the world. In a recent international ranking of the world’s best cities for biking, only one North American city (Montreal) made it to the top 20. Of course, that doesn't mean there are no good places to bike in the U.S. and Canada. There are, and the scene is getting better all......read more

Ben Thomas: Accession

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Kaleidoscopic series of photos turns urban centers on their heads

Melbourne-based photographer Ben Thomas has a knack for capturing urban centers from interesting new perspectives. An early adopter of tilt-shift photography, Thomas nicely explored perceptions of scale with his popular “Cityshrinker” project. Now, he's back with another perspective-warping series called "Accession," in which cities are inverted to give them a mirrored ceiling. From......read more

Urban Patterns by Jared Lim

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Singaporean photographer explores geometric patterns in cities around the world

In an increasingly urbanized world, it's great to find photography that celebrates the beauty of the built environment. These pics from  Jared Lim definitely do just that. From his home base in Singapore--a country that's entirely urban--Jared travels the globe to capture images of city structures and forms. His series Urban Exploration reveals the the geometric collection of curves, lines,......read more

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