Physics can help us model everything from cell growth to the movement of planets. Apparently it also understands how cities live and die.
Which cities are doing the most to become the sustainable, connected, innovative city of the future? Read Co.Exit’s list of the 10 Smartest Cities in North America. How much brainpower does your city have?
"If you can cut an hourlong commute each way out of your life, it’s the [happiness] equivalent of making an extra $40,000 a year if you’re at the $50,000 to $60,000 level. It’s an easy way for us to get happier. Move closer to your place of work.”
These data visualizations show the pulse of the most popular cities on Foursquare
The second tallest building in the world is more like a vertical city than a building. Think of it like this: the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower is a bustling mixed-use metropolis with more green space (and even more people) than many cities on the ground can boast of having.
The statistics on the building, which ranks only behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in height, are staggering: 521,000 meters squared of floor space, 106 elevators, a weight of 1,200 metric tons, the ability to hold 30,000 people (it really is like a small city), and the kicker—one-third of the building is dedicated entirely to green space.
LED lighting is transforming skylines all over the world—and architects, city governments, and urban denizens should take note. These illuminated nightscapes promise a new worldwide arena where global cities will compete for recognition.
The London Underground commemorated its 150th anniversary with a quintet of maps made of Lego. But the creative display was built for more than fun and games. It shows how the network—the world’s first underground passenger railway—has evolved in a century and a half.
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Cities across the country are making plans to cater to bikers and pedestrians (along with cars) as they design and manage their transportation infrastructure. These are 10 that are doing it really well:
- 1. Indianapolis, IN
- 2. Hermosa Beach, CA (tie)
- 2. Huntington Park, CA (tie)
- 4. Ocean Shores, WA
- 5. Northfield, MN
German photographer Christoph Gielen, inspired by this phenomenon of suburban hypergrowth and subsequent stagnancy, snapped a series of aerial photographs of sprawl in places like Arizona, Nevada, and Florida.
More photos: The Hidden Beauty Of Suburban Sprawl
What happens when Walmart leaves town? The city of McAllen, Texas, turned the abandoned superstore into the largest single-story library in the U.S.
It’s not surprising that Portland and New York are ranked high in a new report about the best places to get around without your car, but the other bike-friendly destinations may surprise you. Have you tried walking to work in Alaska?
Our new sister site, The Atlantic Cities, is now live! The Atlantic Cities explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods. By bringing together news, analysis, data, and trends, the site is an engaging destination for an increasingly urbanized world.
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