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Bloomberg Quicktake – Vienna’s Radical Idea? Affordable Housing For All

In many countries around the world, housing presents the single-highest household expense. Cities, in particular, are struggling to keep housing affordable. Amidst this crisis, there is one place that seems to handle the situation...

Why We Need More Green Roofs. Porto Answers a Critical Question

Critical Concrete was formed in 2015. Since then, they have been combining sustainable constructions work, renovations, educational programmes, and research projects to enhance socially beneficial buildings that support community cohesion, accessibility, and equity. In the...

Tactile Paving: Improving Accessibility Through Design

If you ever happen to look down while walking city streets, you may have noticed that there’s a whole world of design beneath our feet. Blind and partially sighted people face barriers and dangers while...

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts: Creative Bureaucracy, An Oxymoron?| TEDxGhent

In this thought-provoking TED talk, Karl-Filip Coenegrachts gives an overview of what creative bureaucracy means and why we can't continue to use 19th-century bureaucracy to solve 21st-century challenges anymore. This talk was held at the...

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Mara Scollo, Milan

How do you translate bottom-up change to an administrative level? How can road space be shared, and how can parents and kids feel safe on their bikes? This is exactly what Massa Marmocchi does....

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Santiago Uribe Rocha, Medellin

Medellín - a city where large-scale visionary urban transformation is the norm. But how do you get started with transformations like these? Do you get the ball rolling by acknowledging a city's manyfold challenges?...

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Luc Ferrandez, Montréal

How did Projet Montréal emerge from the neighborhoods to being a dominant, city-wide political force? How can we acknowledge the value of public space? And how does this go hand in hand with gentrification? Life-Sized...

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto

Did you ever wonder about how much of city planning is actually planning, and how much is fixing? How do you plan for the fastest-growing city in North America and re-design streets for pedestrians,...

Smruti Jukur Johari: What if the Poor Were Part Of City Planning? | TED

"Poverty only changes affordability not aspirations". In this thought-provoking and incredibly intelligent talk, Smruti Jukur Johari breaks down the myth about people living in slums and informal communities. She underlines the crucial necessity to...

How to Design Bicycle-friendly Cities | The Life-Sized City

Here is a list of some of the key elements in designing a city for bicycles. Not a complete list, but the music track was finite so yeah. But here is some serious T4under2°...

Janette Sadik-Khan: New York’s Streets? Not so Mean Any More | TED

In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses...

4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable | Jeff Speck | TED

Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot...

Cars Almost Killed Our Cities, But Here’s How We Can Bring Them Back | Gabe Klein | TEDxMidAtlantic

Our cities are making us – and the planet – sick, and the problem lies in the automobile, which has taken over how we live and use space. Thankfully, new technology like autonomous vehicles...

Is Your City for People or Cars? | Cornelia Dinca | TEDxJacksonville

In the 21st century, we are witnessing the erosion of the “human” habitat. Too many American cities are designed in ways that instigate fear, isolation and insecurity. As an engineer and urban planner, Cornelia...

Sofa Session #4: Bringing Your Vision to Life

Okay, so you’ve got a vision: now what? If you want to bring it to life and prevent it from ending up in some drawer, it needs to be widely shared! Your job is...

Sofa Session #3: Behaviour Change 101

“Changing behaviour” is seen as the #1 challenge by CityChangers who are passionately driving change around the world. We can see why: Humans just hate to change. What’s even worse, scientists tell us to...

Sofa Session #2: Pathways to Your Dream Job

So, you want to change your city for the better! But where and how do you start? And more importantly, how do you build a career out of it? Luckily, cities offer a universe...

Sofa Session #1: How to Mobilise

To drive change, you need supporters. That’s why it is critical for CityChangers to identify and ultimately win over others for their cause: whether it's experts, citizens, organisations, groups or entire city environments. But...