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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 […]

Culture

5 TED Talks about bikes5 TED Talks about bikes

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“I don’t think protected bicycle ways are a cute architectural feature. They are a right, just as sidewalks are,” says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, in today’s talk. “Protected bikeways also are a powerful symbol of democracy, because they show that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important to one […]

Gallery

Jawdropping views of cozy homes built in an abandoned office tower, a lagoon, a recycling heap and moreJawdropping views of cozy homes built in an abandoned office tower, a lagoon, a recycling heap and more

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In today’s talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving […]

Playlist

8 talks with ideas for healthier cities8 talks with ideas for healthier cities

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Cities, traditionally, have not been the healthiest of places. The spread of diseases, sanitation issues, pollution — these things accelerate with large masses of people living in close quarters. But is that the way it needs to be? Could the cities of the future also be places where all people get top-notch healthcare, and where […]

Technology

Elon Musk unveils his plans for the HyperloopElon Musk unveils his plans for the Hyperloop

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In his TED2013 talk, Robert Gordon points out that in 1900, human beings could only travel as fast as a horse could pull them in a buggy, but by 1960, we could travel at 80% of the speed of sound, thanks to the Boeing 707. Since 1960, though, the needle on how fast we can […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Why mayors should rule the world: Benjamin Barber at TEDGlobal 2013Why mayors should rule the world: Benjamin Barber at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Helen Walters

“Democracy is in trouble,” announces political theorist Benjamin Barber as he makes his way onto the TEDGlobal stage. He continues: “We live in a  21st-century world of interdependence and brutal interdependent problems. Yet when we look for solutions in politics and democracy, we are faced with political institutions designed 400 years ago.” What can one do […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

The city of the future, learning from scarcity: Teddy Cruz at TEDGlobal 2013The city of the future, learning from scarcity: Teddy Cruz at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As urban areas have exploded, a dramatic stratification is taking place. While some parts of cities have become playgrounds for the privileged, others have become home to the poor and marginalized. Often these two very different ways of life exist in close proximity, says Teddy Cruz on the TEDGlobal 2013 stage. Cruz studies the Tijuana […]

Technology

Can a city be too technological? Saskia Sassen at TED2013Can a city be too technological? Saskia Sassen at TED2013

Posted By Ben Lillie

Saskia Sassen thinks deeply about the world’s cities, and she’s on the TED stage to share some of her provocative theories about how we should think about urbanizing technology, that pervasive force that has impacted so much of the way in which we live and work. She starts by pointing out an amazing fact: there […]

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6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future

Posted By Hailey Reissman

According to the United Nations, by the year of 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. So what will the city of the future look like? These are some of the questions that dominate our conception of “The City 2.0”: How will we transport ourselves? Where will we grow our […]