Category Archives: World Cities

The City of the Singularity Part 1: You See Us

What if machine intelligence was in complete control of the city and its citizens? Continue reading

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A spotlight on Shenzhen’s Urban Villages… and the future of cities

Shenzhen seems to be the ultra-modern super-scaled metropolis, but it also presents a very different urbanist model, one hidden in its urban villages. Continue reading

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Letter from Tokyo

The most advanced city on Earth isn’t just shaped by earthquakes and economics – animes and architects play out dreams there too. Herbert Wright seeks the big picture from above, and the future beyond the futuristic Two things not to … Continue reading

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Open House launches in Lisbon- my amazing day

Saturday 6th October 2012 was a big day for Lisbon: the launch of the city’s first Open House. This annual weekend which throws open the doors of places of architectural interest to the public, free of charge, started in London … Continue reading

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Paris Stalingrad to the périphérique

I woke up all moody in my hotel room at Barbès — Rochechouart, Paris. It had just gone 6am, it was still dark outside. I had to step out. I started walking, determined  yet without objective, like James Dean crossing Times … Continue reading

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Long Live Chungking Mansions!

The even-floors Block-A lift in Chungking Mansions wasn’t going to stop bleeping, let alone move. Not until the unfeasibly tall man in a suit stepped out. He knew the score and obliged. ‘That was a big guy’ I commented to … Continue reading

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Sampling the Urban Future in Shenzhen

It was as if I had woken into some distant future Utopian civilisation, a cityscape of strange, soaring shapes and great avenues, super-smooth transport channelling a new people towards unknown business, and language and symbols entirely alien. But this was … Continue reading

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