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Sustainable cities: myths, realities and hopes

In recent decades, a series of economic and demographic changes transformed our living landscapes and lifestyles. Today over 54% of the world population lives in urban areas, while in the 1960s two thirds of the world population was living in rural environments. Considering geo-economic disparities, developed countries tend to be more urbanized than developing countries, although poorer …

Unsustainable growth – the case of Phoenix, Arizona

Political and business leaders know that their defects and blunders will be excused if they turn in a respectable growth performance: quarterly or annual gains in corporate revenue or GDP are really all that matters. But how did these raw metrics come to surpass all other indicators of well-being? To be able to answer that …

20 Incredible street murals from artists around the world

Whether they are independent works or part of larger events like festivals, street murals have the potential of completely changing the face of a neighborhood. Sometimes they are fun, lighthearted and simply improve our moods. At other times they can be a heavy critique of society or a deep reflection on life. Here are some of …

How tech companies can integrate into a city

Until recently, tech firms were setting up headquarters outside major metropolitan areas, sprawling out of cities to create business ‘villages’ where everyone was working in the same industry. One of the best examples is Silicon Valley, a well-known center that brought together major tech players and start-ups. However, these businesses have started to move their offices …

Bike hiring schemes in Santiago and Barcelona

Bike hiring schemes have become increasingly become popular in all continents. These systems can serve as an alternative to cars and promote more bicycle use. Barcelona has lived a bike hiring scheme boom in the last few years that is beginning to dissipate. On the other hand, Santiago’s boom has just started and it looks …

The decline of car ownership in cities

Los Angeles is a great place to observe the reduction in car ownership, even though it is known for its unreliable public transport and its unstoppable sprawl. Many residents have started relying on other forms of transportation, from bikes to ridesharing services, and the movement is starting to reshape the city. In LA, traffic is the biggest …

Mistura: food takes over Lima

Peruvian gastronomy has become one of the largest contributors to the country’s economic growth. Every year, more tourists come to visit the land of the Incas for its food. In its 9th edition, Mistura is Peru’s and South America’s most famous food festival. The Mistura food festival not just intends to introduce the different varieties …

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How cities can adapt to the sharing economy

The sharing economy is a promising concept, but it’s still far from perfect. People use platforms such as Uber, Lyft or AirBnb to supplement their incomes, socialize and access various resources without having to spend large sums at a time to acquire them. But researchers Solomon Greene and John McGinty wrote a paper where they argue …

Embracing the metropolitan revolution

Millenials are voting for urban communities where they can live, work and play. There is a shift in the way cities are being run and the way they are reinventing their identity. Through innovation and creativity and the impulse of new public-private partnerships, cities are becoming the center of a metropolitan revolution.  A new open innovation …

Can Pokemon Go help us interact more with our city?

It has been without doubt the gaming sensation of the summer. Pokémon Go has not just taken over our smartphones, it has also taken over our streets. The game is quite simple, one must catch these virtual animal-like creatures and train them for virtual battles. However, this new phenomenon might also have the potential to …