In the future, more and more people will live in cities. They’re efficient and, despite appearances, a pretty green way to manage millions of people. But they can also be bleak, noisy, dirty placers to live and work.
In 2016, we saw cars being pushed out of our cities in earnest, with Paris not only redesigning its biggest intersections to favor pedestrians, but closing down whole stretches of inner-city highway and turning it into boulevards.
Meanwhile, homes are getting greener, figuratively and literally. In Italy, kids plant crops in pre-school urban farms, in Paris you will be able to live on a giant forest island straddling a road, and in New York and Berlin, people are moving underground.
Worldwide, 2016 has been something of a nightmare year, but in our cities at least, there is a glimmer of hope for the future.
Our own Adele Peters found out that in Amsterdam, even tiny, minimalist houses are bigger than her San Francisco apartment.
Instead of reading books about farming, these Italian kids go outside and get their hands dirty.
(Virtually) visit London’s Leper Hospital, Japanese Village, Biscuit Town, and Bedlam.
People who live in glass houses… enjoy indoor veggie gardens, and watch the sunset from bed.
One map to rule them all, one map to find your way around.
When environmental disaster forces us to flee underground, New Yorkers will be able to take their strollers jogging in the Lowline.
What happens to all the traffic when you close a major city artery? Not much at all.
How about an apartment built into a bridge covered in a 1,000-tree forest, with a view of the Eiffel Tower?
Paris’s war on cars returns public spaces to the people.
Paris proves that even a capital city can be silent and calm, if only you remove the plague of cars.
Art project? Troglodyte lair? Or just somebody trying to find an apartment in Berlin’s notoriously difficult rental market?