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Watch Eduardo Paes’ “The 4 commandments of cities” talk at TED

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio — and all cities — into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city “smarter.” […]

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Watch Carolyn Steel’s “How food shapes our cities” talk at TED

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world […]

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Watch James Howard Kunstler dissects suburbia at TED

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about […]

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Living in China: Majority of Chinese still cannot afford home

More than 60 percent of China’s residents cannot afford an apartment and the high property prices in the cities are curbing the nation’s urbanization process, experts said […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Urbanization to drive growth

China’s urbanization will provide “sustainable investment” and become a key factor in bolstering the country’s growth during the coming five years […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: urbanization rate to be at 51.5% by 2015

China expects its urbanization rate to rise from 47.5 percent in 2010 to 51.5 percent by the end of 2015, with an average annual increase of four percent, according to a Chinese Government plan […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Average building lasts only 20 years

More than half of China’s existing residential structures will be demolished and rebuilt in the coming 20 years, according to a senior researcher from the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, a claim that has sparked fresh questions about the short lifespan of Chinese buildings […]

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Shanghai World Expo: BRAZIL PAVILION

The Brazil Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo shows off the cultural diversity and dynamism of Brazilian cities with the theme “Pulsing Cities: Feel the Life of Brazilian Cities” […]

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Shanghai World Expo: CHINA PAVILION

The Chinese national pavilion is the largest of its kind at the Expo and most expensive, costing an estimated US$220 million. The 63-meter high pavilion, the tallest structure at the Expo, is called “The Crown of the East,” as it is meant to resemble an ancient Chinese crown with its distinctive roof, made of traditional dougong or brackets, which date back more than 2,000 years […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: private fund investment to support urban development

China’s urban development looks to get further support from the private sector. An Chinese Government official from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planning agency, says the government encourages the use of private capital in developing China’s urban areas […]