Amsterdam – less car parking spaces making room for green oasis

Amsterdam transit commissioner Sharon Dijksma announced that the number of people allowed to park in the city center will gradually decrease. At the moment, these people require a permit to access a specific space, but the cost of it will also rise in the near future. The proposed strategy is to reduce this number by 1500 …

How about car-free streets?

Focusing on sustainable mobility As a solution to heavy traffic in the center, followed by a lack of attractiveness in the central area, cities nowadays are turning their traditional streets into pedestrian thoroughfares, this way claiming city’s streets for people. Jane Jacobs, a journalist and great activist that influenced the urban studies of the 20th …

Gurgaon India

Gurgaon: Lessons for future cities from India’s private city

A city shaped by corporations, built by corporations and run by corporations. Gurgaon is regarded as among India’s few cities which were built by private entities. Gurgaon’s story is one of a journey of mixed success and failures. While Gurgaon’s story is not at all a rosy garden, there are important lessons that can be …

Singapore's supertrees

Supertrees: Paragon of sustainable technology and architecture

Utterly astounding…insanely beautiful…undeniably stunning… You would certainly miss half of the beauty that is Singapore if you’ve been to it but failed to drop by at the “Gardens by the Bay” and without getting the chance to take a glimpse of the supertrees. The “Gardens” as they call it is undeniably one of the best …

Indy Johar

On democratizing cities – Indy Johar

Democracy is the power to create society. How do we democratize the power to create society? What do cities look like when you talk about cities for 99%? Indy Johar, co-founder of Project 00, brings the idea of democracy and its ramification to cities in yet another dimension. In his talk, he espoused the idea …

The Past and Future of City

The Past and Future of City

“Old buildings don’t just connect us to our past. They are the cornerstone of a brighter future. The best part is: they are already right here, among us. And we are richer and stronger when they remain.” This past-future connection, old-new nexus line of argument supports the idea of historic preservation which Stephanie Meeks and …

This Paris forest project will dwarf New York’s Central Park

Much more than a “city of lights,” Paris is known as city of parks. Lovely gardens and vast parks already existed in Paris even during the Roman times and the Middle Ages. With around 421 parks and gardens giving lush vegetation to as much as 3,000 hectares of the city, Paris has taken a step …

Chinese cities with rich GDP

Chinese cities with GDPs as huge as countries

The Chinese economy is considered as a key driver of the world’s economy and its cities are major economic players that serve as engines of its tremendous growth in the past decades. As one of the world’s foremost economic mitochondrion, the Chinese economy is powered by about 1.4 billion people in a very vast part …

Virtual power plant in South Australia

Tesla to build the world’s largest virtual power plant

With its decision to install the world’s largest virtual power plant, South Australia is shooting two birds in just a bullet: mitigate greenhouse gas emission and reduce power prices. The South Australian government signed a deal with Tesla to build what it tags as the world’s largest virtual power plant. State premier Jay Weatherill said in …

3d printed house china

Will future cities be built using 3D printed construction tech?

We live in an incredibly and progressively changing world. The built environment is certainly not an exception. With the rapid progress in technology, it is no longer a surprise that homes can just come out of a computer, printed and downloaded. And presto! The house you have been dreaming for all your life is just …