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What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni GriffinWhat to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit […]

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From Madrid to Mexico City, New York to Nairobi, Shanghai to Sao Paulo: insiders pick hot spots in these hot citiesFrom Madrid to Mexico City, New York to Nairobi, Shanghai to Sao Paulo: insiders pick hot spots in these hot cities

Posted By Helen Walters

Ever wondered where you might see revolutionary graffiti* in Cairo? Or been at a loss to find a Cuban cafe con leche** in New York City? Or really needed a beer in Madrid*** but wanted off the tourist-beaten track? Wonder no more. Our recent series profiling interesting innovators who live and work in cities around […]

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My City: Life as a blind architect in San FranciscoMy City: Life as a blind architect in San Francisco

Posted By Alison Prato

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2008, Chris Downey, an architect, planner and consultant who lives in Piedmont, California, some 10 miles east of San Francisco, reported to the hospital for surgery to remove a brain tumor. The procedure was a success. But two days later, his sight started to fail. On the third day, it […]

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My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in NairobiMy City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

Posted By Helen Walters

Juliana Rotich was not expecting our interview to end in tears. Neither was I. But on reflection, we were both completely ok with it. After all, that’s what happens when terrorism becomes personal. For Rotich, that happened at the end of September, when al Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall in the northwestern part of […]

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My City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain futureMy City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain future

Posted By Alison Prato

Early one morning, hours before the sun would rise, Lebanese-Egyptian artist, activist and historian Bahia Shehab was alone on the streets of Cairo, spray-painting a stenciled message that spoke out against the stripping of veiled women. It’s a campaign she discussed in “A thousand times no,” her inspiring TED Talk, and it was not only […]

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My City: Why Shanghai is the ultimate hackerspaceMy City: Why Shanghai is the ultimate hackerspace

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In 2005, at the start of my first visit to Shanghai, the city clothed itself in a growling thunderstorm. When dusk fell and neon began to score the sky, the city was more Blade Runner-y than I thought a real place possible to be. I remember diving into a luxe spa for a post-train massage, […]

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My City: Khurram Siddiqi on how not to get lost in Lahore, PakistanMy City: Khurram Siddiqi on how not to get lost in Lahore, Pakistan

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By Nicola Twilley “In Lahore, you don’t get lost: you start off lost,” explains Khurram Siddiqi. “It’s a condition, not a situation.” Siddiqi, and his friends Asim Fayaz and Omer Sheikh, decided to collaborate on a proposal to install and maintain road signs in the city after it took several phone calls and half an hour for Fayaz to […]

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My City: Inaki Romero Larrea on building a better MadridMy City: Inaki Romero Larrea on building a better Madrid

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by Rebecca Smith Hurd Spanish architecture generally conjures images of grandeur, particularly when it comes to modernist and contemporary construction. Gaudí’s basilica. Calatrava’s bridges, airports and centers for the arts. Bofill’s state and corporate headquarters. Moneo’s museums. The list of splendiferous urban structures goes on and on. But not everything built on the Iberian Peninsula […]

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My City: sound artist Jason Sweeney on life in AdelaideMy City: sound artist Jason Sweeney on life in Adelaide

Posted By Alison Prato

Jason Sweeney lives and works in Adelaide, Australia, a city he describes as “a prototype for what a developed city in the western world could be like.” Here, he describes his life in the city. Also, see and hear his favorite Adelaideian spots in the photoessay by Kristin Alford, accompanied by audio snippets of the […]

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Cities. They’re where it’s at, y’all. Notes & quotes from TEDCity2.0 (morning)Cities. They’re where it’s at, y’all. Notes & quotes from TEDCity2.0 (morning)

Posted By Helen Walters

TEDCity2.0 is a day-long TED event for urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders–and it’s happening right now, with a hub event taking place at the Times Center in New York City, and 138 self-organized TEDx events also being held in 48 countries, including Vietnam, Malawi, Mexico and Egypt. Here’s what happened in the morning sessions: […]

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A word from our curators: the thinking behind TEDCity2.0A word from our curators: the thinking behind TEDCity2.0

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By Courtney E. Martin and John Cary Curating the program for TEDCity2.0 – a one-day conference about the future of cities that takes place, gulp, today — was a true honor for us. The two of us come at cities from very different angles. John is trained as an architect, but has spent his career building the […]