50 Ideas For The New City

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Urban Omnibus has created a list of 50 ideas for new cities.  Each idea links to a related article. The first idea, Combat climate change by adapting our existing building stock, relates to this article. The list is part of an online project from the Architectural League to create a new kind of conversation about design in New York City, but the ideas can be applied to any city.

The list can be found here and an article explaining the list can be found here.

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The City in Mind


The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition by James Kunstler is a really terrific book, I highly recommend it. I learned a lot and have a new perspective on a few things because of it. Parts of it are extremely depressing; I’m not sure I have much hope for the future of American cities. Perhaps if enough people read this book, the trend towards city disasters in this country can be reversed. I’m not holding my breath. See also James Kunstler’s home page; of particular interest is the Eyesore of the Month and a very interesting excerpt from this book, an essay on Las Vegas.

The Top 25 Words of the Decade from 2000 - 2009

1. Global Warming (2000)

2. 9/11 (2001)

3. Obama (2008)

4. Bailout (2008)

5. Evacuee/refugee (2005):  (Survivors of Katrina who had to be rescued)

6. Derivative (2007)

7. Google (2007)

8. Surge (2007)

9. Chinglish (2005)

10. Tsunami (2004)

11. H1N1 (2009)

12. Subprime ( 2007)

13. dot.com (2000)

14. Y2K ( 2000)

15. Misunderestimate (2002)

16. Chad ( 2000):  (a la "Hanging Chad" in Florida after the Bush vs. Gore election)

17. Twitter (2008 )

18. WMD (2002) (Weapons of Mass Destruction)

19. Blog (2003)

20. Texting (2004)

21. Slumdog (2008) (Popularized by Slumdog Millionaire)

22. Sustainable (2006)

23. Brokeback (2004) (From Brokeback Mountain)

24. Quagmire (2004) (Referring to the Iraq War)

25. Truthiness (2006) (A contribution from Stephen Colbert)


A city is a living environment of different cultures, peoples, ideas and systems that are interdependent yet all determine and shape the others identity. 

Its where all the ways in which the world works come together — from transportation, to energy, to healthcare, to commerce, to education, to security, to food and water, to neighborhoods and beyond.

And if we want to make our cities truly smarter, we need to have a keen eye for the way all the different parts brilliantly come together and take shape.

from IBM’s Smarter Cities campaign