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Architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new master plan for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River, bringing the avant-garde sensibilities of one of the world's best-known artistic celebrities to the struggle to remake 51 miles of the Los Angeles Basin's largely desolate central waterway. Gehry's designs for the flaring steel walls of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,......read more

PARIS GO-ZONES

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Directed By Cyprien Clément-Delmas

Contesting the words of a Fox News reporter who labelled the north of Paris as a “no-go zone”, director Cyprien Clément-Delmas, and the Parisian youth have come together to show an alternative side to the story; neighbourhoods bursting with life, creativity and diversity. Launch video for i-D France. Shot in Paris in September 2015. Directed by Cyprien......read more

The Return Of London's Fog

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With Cities Driving Public Climate Policy, Lets Look At London

Cambridge, England — IN January, researchers at King’s College London announced that pollution levels on Oxford Street, in central London, had exceeded limits set for the entire year in just the first four days of 2015. Similarly alarming numbers have been recorded for other streets in the city — and yet the mayor, Boris Johnson, has delayed implementation of stricter......read more

Lost In Beijing

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Netizens Post Drawings Over The Citiy's Smog Enveloped Landmarks

BEIJING -- As world leaders tussled over the fate of the climate in Paris, Beijing residents struggled to make out the silhouettes of buildings. The multi-day pollution emergency -- dubbed “Airpocalypse” by English-language media -- signaled the start of smog season in one of the most polluted capitals in the world. On Tuesday, indices of PM2.5 particulates -- the small......read more

Walls Of Change

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From The Cinemart Series "Here Comes The Neighborhood"

Check out the genisis of a neighborhood in Miami where art meets revitilization. In 2009, The Cinemart (thecinemart.com) traveled to Wynwood, Miami with the late Urban Visionary Tony Goldman to document his efforts to re-invent the Neighborhood with Street Art and Entrepreneurial Innovation. The result was Here Comes The Neighborhood (vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood) After the Series......read more

Cities Solving Problems Through Tech

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Mayors mobilizing residents to engage communities and address issues

In the spring of 2017, the doors to a new type of community center swung open in Louisville, Kentucky. The Gigabit Experience Center, located in the city’s long underserved West End, provided a now critical 21st century public service: free high-speed internet access. Although an estimated 94% of Americans have web access today, many low-and middle-income families are......read more

Tree-Ness House

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By Akihisa Hirata

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata has designed the ‘Tree-Ness House’, a multi-story complex that replicates the structure of a tree — creating an organic layering system that refutes traditional layered architecture. The firm designed this residential complex in the metropolitan area of Toshima-ku, Tokyo, with the purpose of exploring the possibilities of......read more

Wake Up Call From Baltimore

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We Can No Longer Ignore Our Inner Cities

They’ve been talking about the riots in Baltimore for a long, long time. The last big riots, that is. I moved to Baltimore, my wife’s hometown, from Colorado in the mid-aughts, and lucked into a job as a writer for a local magazine. Every city in America was fighting to be the “greenest” at the time, and while I knew next to nothing about cities, and nothing......read more

Conservative Cities Quietly Prepare For Extreme Weather

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Just don't call it climate change

John Flesher for the Associated Press: GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. Big cities and small......read more

Capturing Watts from Wastewater

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More and more cities looking to flush heat energy from sewers

The latest addition to the renewable energy vanguard is not clean at all. Dirty water -- specifically warm and hot wastewater from shower drains, dishwashers, and laundry -- is a surprisingly powerful source of energy, and cities around the world are taking notice.  At National Geographic, Rachel Kaufman explains the technology: The technology is simple. Wastewater, which consists of......read more

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