The Least Liveable Cities in the World

January 13, 2017

What were the worst places to live in 2016? If you live in a big and hectic city like London or Tokyo, you have most likely found yourself cursing its crowds, distances and public transport, and the weather. With expanding populations, basic services become strained, causing chaos on the streets...

Building a Transformer Home in Hong Kong

December 06, 2015

How do you turn one room into 24? Gary Chang, a Chinese architect, has lived in a 344-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong for almost his entire life. His parents and three sisters occupied the tiny space, then divided into three rooms, and even managed to sublet one room to a tenant. This is not...

The 22nd Century City

November 09, 2015

How will we define cities in the next century when most populations will feel the influence of globalization? In summer 2002, I was driven from Nanjing to Shanghai through Suzhou, a distance of about 250 kilometers. I was struck by the fact that we journeyed through almost continuous urban...

Sustainable Cities of the Future

October 28, 2015

With half the world’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are key to the future of sustainable development. Background With over half the world’s population living in cities, the 21st century has been described as the urban century. It is estimated that 75% of the...