As Isaac continues to pour down rain on the Gulf Coast and test New Orleans’s new flood-prevention system, there are lessons we can learn from other cities about how to design a city to make the most of too much water.
Fryer—a Harvard economist and MacArthur genius—doesn't care how we get underperforming students to do better. He just wants to find ways to test any education hypothesis as quickly as possible, until we find what works.
The Guggenheim Bilbao, San Francisco’s DeYoung, New York’s Whitney — all are museums that have identities inextricably linked to their buildings and the architects who gave them shape (Frank Gehry, Herzog & deMeuron, and Marcel Breuer, respectively). You may know squat about art, but odds are you can pick Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim out of a lineup. Can you say the same of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston? Unless you live in Houston, probably not. That isn’t stopping the CAMH from trying to remix the building, as the basis for its rebranding campaign.
It’s the U.S. energy capital. It was the home of Enron. And for the most part, those two facts reflect the scope of startups in Houston, Texas. Enron, before it began conducting massive accounting fraud, was innovative in its approach to energy. And thanks to Texas’ deregulated energy market, starting a business in oil, electricity or clean tech is a snap in the Lone Star state.
Seattle is Fast Company's City of the Year, and singular bright ideas have earned 12 other cities places on our honor roll. Their exemplary initiatives are improving neighborhoods, transforming lives, and helping build better, faster cities for the future.
When the property in downtown Houston came up for sale, city leaders knew they could find a better use for it than yet another condo or office building. They proposed Discovery Green, a 12-acre, $122 million park in the heart of downtown that has reminded urban planners of the power and potential of green space.