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?
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?
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
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
The technology behind cryptocurrencies could hold the key to managing complex networks of all kinds, from supply chains and energy microgrids to the internet itself, writes Robbie Epsom
Historian Poornima Paidipaty explains how new data streams give a more nuanced picture of how cities work, and why they fail
Factory-built homes could make affordable, healthy city living possible for all, argue Narada Golden and Chris Edmonds
Urban planners should worry less about making communities diverse, and more about creating ’overlapping spaces’ between them, argues Mo Sarraf
An ancient town in Laos causes Mark Bessoudo to reflect on the limits of designing for the good life
How do we prepare for a future that is both entirely certain and completely unknowable?
Siemens’ Julie Alexander picks a 300-acre regeneration project on the south coast of England that has the potential to become the UK’s most connected city.
Agustin Chevez reveals what he learned about the future of work and human purpose while walking from Melbourne to Sydney …
It’s often misinterpreted or dismissed as intangible — but there’s nothing fluffy about it, says Helena Klintström
We can’t completely predict climate change, in part because it depends on how we react to it
Take every chance to fix issues before it is too late, says WSP’s Michael Mondshine
The hallmarks of future airports will be efficiency, convenience, ease of operation – and not shopping, argues MIT’s Richard de Neufville