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“Most Livable City” Rankings Do Matter!: A Response

We recently posed the question “Does a ‘Most Livable City’ Ranking Matter?” The team at TH!NK found themselves leaning heavily towards “no” in our analysis, but we received a response to our question from our colleague Richard Nelson in Toronto. He argues that we are too…

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Does a “Most Livable City” Ranking Matter?

The Economist recently published it’s updated “Global Liveability Ranking” to determine the most livable city in the world. This annual report uses five categories to determine a ranking of 140 cities worldwide: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. This is just one of many annual…

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Under Gardiner by PUBLIC Work

Making the Most of Urban Space

Major increases in city land values, a side-effect of a revived appreciation for urbanity, have pushed planners, developers and designers to reconsider formerly overlooked spaces. To maximize the value of these spaces, a creative and pragmatic outlook regarding formerly “in between” or unused spaces has emerged and is illustrated…

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Solar Curve by Jeanne Gang

The Shadowless Skyscraper

As land becomes increasingly valuable, more cities are looking upwards to accommodate growth. Tall buildings create their own challenges however. But one key challenge – shadows and darkness – may be resolved shortly. Architects such as Jean Nouvel and Jeanne Gang are experimenting with several approaches, including…

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Little Human behind the Design Inspiration

Cities and buildings are made for people and by people. Architects’ interpretation of the human body transfers into their architectural designs. Le Corbusier‘s tall and muscular person created utopian city sketches with large geometrical buildings. Similarly, Theo van Doesburg’s stacked up person looks exactly like many of…

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Subscription to Car-Free-Ideals

Since the invention of the automobile, increasingly car-oriented street networks have encouraged people to drive more, while simultaneously discouraging and, even criminalizing, walking. The result has been growing health issues, car accidents, and environmental problems. In response, city planners are experimenting with different methods to change the trend. Check out a…

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