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The informal as inspiration for rethinking urban spaces: architect Teddy Cruz shares 5 projectsThe informal as inspiration for rethinking urban spaces: architect Teddy Cruz shares 5 projects

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In today’s talk, Teddy Cruz looks at San Diego-Tijuana border, where some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States are just a short drive from some of the poorest communities in Mexico. As used materials flow from San Diego to Tijuana, transforming the kinds of structures created there, people move from Tijuana to San Diego, retrofitting […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Dhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivationDhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivation

Posted By Alex Gallafent

Nurur Rahman Khan was born and bred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A practicing architect and university lecturer, Khan alternately marvels at the city’s convivial culture and bemoans its economic and structural deficiencies. He’ll brook no debate over the quality of Dhaka’s food, though: It’s miraculously good. Here’s a taste of Khan’s Dhaka, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed, a […]

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Christchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquakeChristchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquake

Posted By Alison Prato

Christchurch-based Danny Squires is director of Space Craft Systems and co-founder of WikiHouse/NZ, a global  project aiming to make it possible for anyone to design, download and “print” houses. Squires was going about his daily business in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through the city, causing horrific damage and killing […]

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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 […]

Business

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and […]

Music

Sanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie IbarraSanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie Ibarra

Posted By Karen Eng

Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra is creating virtual sanctuaries for real cities. Working in collaboration with local artists, historians, architects, city planners and musicians, Ibarra and her partner Roberto Rodriguez — who together form Electric Kulintang — have created a musical pilgrimage that takes the public on a sound walk through 12 sites in Lower […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Madrid in pictures: architect Inaki Romero Larrea shares his SpainMadrid in pictures: architect Inaki Romero Larrea shares his Spain

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by Rebecca Smith Hurd 29-year-old Iñaki Romero Larrea describes himself as an “urbanist before architect.” As one of the five members of design and architecture collective Paisaje Transversal, he is particularly interested in figuring out how to revitalize Spain’s cities without indulging in the time-consuming traditional bid process or incurring exorbitant construction costs. For the group, […]