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Ok maybe not everything, everything—but the recognizable tropes of subway maps do make it easier to explain everything from the development of cities to musical styles to interstellar scale.
2 days ago   Vox
For better or worse, cities mimic each other, making replicas of great landmarks down to unique light fixtures. The Infrastructurist selects top 5 cities that do the job well. Not surprisingly, Shanghai earns the title as the hallmark of knock-offs.
Sep 9, 2011   The Infrastructurist
Mark Ferrall is on a mission to get planners away from their computer screens and collaborating again - over a good board game. Here, he presents three he thinks you and your colleagues will enjoy. Exclusive
Sep 8, 2011  By Mark Ferrall
M.I.T. has developed a new open-source ArcGIS toolbox that they say will illustrate how a cities' spatial layout affects the way people will live in it.
Sep 8, 2011   Fast Company
Known for A Pattern Language, his landmark book on architecture and urban design, Christopher Alexander's ideas have had an effect on everything from software and iPhone apps to business management and ecology.
Sep 8, 2011   Metropolis Magazine
The rapid growth of cities is causing concern amongst experts over the effects of urban sprawl. There are 19 megacities in the world today, and 10 more will rise in the next 30 years, reports Marcus Moretti for Yale Daily News.
Sep 7, 2011   Yale Daily News
Economist Ryan Avent writes that the statistics show that people who live in denser cities have better jobs and are more productive.
Sep 5, 2011   The New York Times
The benefits of building a new $52-million HSR that connects London to northern England are plausible but not persuasive, says The Economist.
Sep 5, 2011   The Economist
Any prospect for the green initiatives to produce desired results requires more than just aggressive reduction targets, according to The Economist. It comes down to scope and suitability, the two factors that vary greatly from city to city.
Sep 4, 2011   The Economist
Recycling shipping containers into housing has been growing in popularity, but the materials they are coated with may be cause for alarm.
Sep 3, 2011   Arch Daily
Planners, architects, and urban designers talk the talk and walk the walk, but often in a cone of silence, unheard - or at least not understood -- by those outside the profession, says Scott Doyon.
Sep 3, 2011   PlaceShakers