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Unlocking the Pandora Box

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Perhaps when things become a reality in our lives, we place the responsibility on an outside source like a burning candle, a talisman, a lucky clothing article, God or...something else.

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

The Six Most Ingenious Things Humans Are Doing This Week

Diane Ackerman | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Diane Ackerman

The sheer number of people on the planet means exponentially more brainpower; so, as a species, we're sparking many more ideas. Thanks to the digital revolution, people are busily batting ideas around the Internet, where they carom and entangle like subatomic particles.

Yes, in Your Country: Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist's Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

James Dupree is a world-renowned artist and native son of Philadelphia, who is about to see his art studio turned into a grocery store, thanks to the rubber-stamp review that passes for judging when his city exercises the power of eminent domain.

A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

'Architecture Is An Expression Of Values'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us com...

Aging Metropolitan Areas Ranked

Wendell Cox | Posted 10.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Wendell Cox

The common thread among movers is aspiration --- seeking better lives. People move to places they can afford and where they can hope for a higher standard of living.

Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

Miami Beach Prepares For Annual 'King Tide'

Reuters | Zachary Fagenson and David Adams | Posted 10.03.2014 | Green

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3 (Reuters) - Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beac...

An Architect of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Nicolae Ceausescu was not exactly a team player. His most ambitious infrastructure plan was for the Romanian capital itself. In the 1980s, he implemented a huge "urban renewal" project that destroyed a large chunk of the historic center of Bucharest.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

For Audi, Re-Engineering Cities is a Matter of Survival

Craig Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Craig Fitzgerald

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently issued Audi the first permit to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. But it's just a piece of Audi's mission to begin re-engineering cities around the globe, with cars as just a part of the transportation equation.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?