The latest issue of the magazine approaches the question from many, sometimes unexpected, angles
How do we find out what state a building is in without disrupting the existing tenants?
Entertainment will be at the centre of tomorrow’s cities
The 70,000-seat Mercedes-Benz stadium has multiple identities — but always puts fans first
Stadium revenues are a major differentiator between teams, and one of the few parts of the business plan they can modify
The smart venues of the future will make going out almost as effortless as staying home …
From the team behind Cirque du Soleil, Montreal’s PY1 takes immersiveness to new depths
Welcome to a world of 24/7 stadiums, shape-shifting sports pitches, alternative-reality theme parks, and tours by dead rock stars. It’s going to be one hell of a ride …
Conscious Cities founder Itai Palti on his influences — good and bad
Itai Palti’s Conscious Cities movement is rethinking the urban landscape using neuroscience, AI and human-centred design. Is this the future of architecture?
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?
Trees and hedges can mitigate pollution … but also exacerbate it
Can building materials and biotech help to suck pollution from the air?
Air pollution kills more than 4 million people every year. How do we stop our towns and cities from choking?
Shipping and cruise industries pose a variety of threats
Replacing old fleets is one of the quickest routes to cutting pollutants
Milan’s Bosco Verticale is one of the most famous examples of high-rise urban greening — but not everyone is convinced of its benefits
From flood mitigation to mental health: the scientific case summarized
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?
Harvard professor Bill Kerr argues that global talent migration is a ‘gift’ that helps societies to flourish. But cities need to get over the idea of being the next Silicon Valley and make the system work for everyone
Transportation guru Hiro Aso builds his own smart city, Frankenstein-style
Solutions to many of our urban problems can be found up on the roof, say Freija Carlstén and Emmelie Nilsson
Don’t get hung up on the gadgetry, writes Matthew Marson. Smart is about the ends, not the means
Urban loneliness is a huge problem, but it doesn’t necessarily need large-scale design solutions, write Yasmin Afshar and Michi McCloskey
The Red Planet has all the raw materials we need to create human settlements, says Matthew Troemner
It’s easy to be seduced by the power and precision of digital models, writes Mark Bessoudo. But they can only ever offer an approximation of reality
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