European Cities Need to Adapt to a Changing Climate Reality – Here’s How

Record temperatures are becoming the new normal as a changing climate reality begins to make its presence felt worldwide. This is a major problem for those urban areas and cities unprepared for such conditions. As Europe begins to wake up to a ‘new normal’ regarding climate, how can the urban fabric of it’s cities adapt and retrofit for a much warmer future?

Road to Ruin – American Infrastructure Needs Attention, So Why Isn’t It Getting Any?

As economic and environmental clouds begin to form on the global horizon, the risks of an under-investment in physical infrastructure need to be taken more seriously than ever and the failure to do so now, could have significant consequences further down the line. With road, rail and other public works increasingly feeling the strain of chronic funding shortages across the board, this is exactly the situation the US may find itself in over the coming years.

Rising Priorities – How Chinese ‘Sponge Cities’ are Addressing the Threat of Flooding

How Chinese Sponge Cities are Addressing the Threat of Flooding

When rapid urbanisation, growing populations and increased flood risks combine, the potential for disaster is never far away. With the need to increase resilience and adaptation to a rapidly changing climate now greater than ever, China’s ‘sponge cities’ are looking to find ecological alternatives to traditional flood defence and drainage infrastructure.

Urban Complexity – How Complexity Science Helps Explain and Predict City Dynamics

Urban Complexity Science and Complex Systems in Cities

The science of complexity and the way in which individual elements, processes and interactions come together, play perhaps the most crucial role in explaining not only how cities function, but also how they evolve and grow organically over time.

In understanding the way in which these complex systems form and play out in the urban environment, it’s possible to gain insight into the advanced dynamics that operate within the city space.

Full Circle – Is the Circular City the Answer to a Sustainable Urban Future?

Circular City for Sustainable Development

Circular cities follow the same principles of the circular economy and look to use nature as a template for guiding urban development towards systems and processes which are sustainable. With several cities already adopting a circular approach to urban planning and design, does this strategy hold the key to helping us address some of the most pressing issues facing the built environment?

Representing the City – Citizen Design Science and Equitable Urban Outcomes

As participation, smart technology, big data and urban design collide, does the resulting (and emerging) concept of citizen design science finally lead us to a true realisation of a democratised urban planning and design experience for all, or will age-old challenges continue to form inevitable barriers to progress in the search for the people-centered city?