Trees and hedges can mitigate pollution … but also exacerbate it
Air pollution kills more than 4 million people every year. How do we stop our towns and cities from choking?
Milan’s Bosco Verticale is one of the most famous examples of high-rise urban greening — but not everyone is convinced of its benefits
Can we afford to make space for nature in our ever more crowded cities? Faced with overheating, flooding, pollution and the threat of total ecosystem collapse, can we afford not to?
Smartphones are all-consuming vampires, sucking our mental energy and leaving city dwellers disoriented and alienated. But they’re here to stay — so how can urban designers use their immense power for good?
Let’s think of the energy transition as a mission to save the Earth. It’s an impossible situation, writes Susan Krumdieck, but drastic times call for unlikely heroes
How do we prepare for a future that is both entirely certain and completely unknowable?
We can’t completely predict climate change, in part because it depends on how we react to it
One of humanity’s oldest skills is making an unlikely comeback as designers rebel against the render
An ancient town in Laos causes Mark Bessoudo to reflect on the limits of designing for the good life
In this issue: making cities resilient to terrorist attacks, climate change adaptation, the future of airports and the lost art of drawing makes a comeback. We solve the hotel laundry challenge, and our contributors discuss the endless applications of blockchain, how Big Data can help — or hinder — social inequality, and the value of absurdity in the workplace.
In this issue: the pursuit of wellness, the future of workplace, digital modelling and developments around transport hubs. Swedish Green Party politician Johan Edstav explains why he’s building new cities on empty fields, and our contributors design solutions to loneliness, envision the all-electric city and discuss why the search for genius can leave organizations poorer for talent.
In this issue: the limits on city density, the future of education, next-generation construction materials and totally recyclable buildings. Kingdom Tower architect Gordon Gill talks about his responsibilities and regrets, and our columnists take on drones in Africa, Asian megacities and earthquakes, post-antibiotic hospital design and why engineers should read more philosophy.
In this issue: designing cities for an ageing demographic, modular construction, creativity at work and the future of real-world shopping districts in an online world. Bioengineering inventor Professor Heinz Wolff rethinks society, and contributors puncture driverless myths, predict the death of the megacity and lose themselves in the urban wild.