Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy

Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy

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Credit: robertsharp at flickr.com

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Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however,…

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The Lagos Tour - First Stop Surulere

The Lagos Tour – First Stop Surulere

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By Nkemka Uche

‘The Lagos Tour’ is a new, monthly feature from Future Lagos that will explore Lagos using photography.

This month we visited Surulere, a residential and commercial district on the Lagos mainland, east of Lagos Island. The district is famous for it’s suya (spicy barbequed meat) and barbecue spots. The National Stadium complex is also situated in Surulere and is one of the…

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Power to the cities - but what about the rest?

Power to the cities – but what about the rest?

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Catalan independence rally, 2013: Barcelona’s push to go its own way has been greatly bolstered by the perceived gap between the British and Spanish governments on issues of devolution/independence.

One week ago, Scotland…

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Street traders in Cape Town

Street traders in Cape Town

Informal street traders at the Wynberg taxi rank in Cape Town.  Credit: worldbank at flickr.com.

Informal street traders at the Wynberg taxi rank in Cape Town.
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Many occupations in the informal economy are not only important in their contribution to the GDP but also in their potential to build meaningful livelihoods that can shape…

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British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

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About the British Pavilion 

A Clockwork Jerusalem explores how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a…

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Voices of the City: Caryn Gootkin

Voices of the City: Caryn Gootkin

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and…

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Lagos State’s Building Collapse Syndrome

Lagos State’s Building Collapse Syndrome

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By Olamide Udoma

On Friday 12th September a six-storey guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos State. As of the 18th September, 80 people have been declared dead, while others were left with various degrees of injuries. Investigations into the disaster are ongoing but so far the Lagos State Government claim that approval for the building was not obtained and therefore the…

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London’s living history: An interview with the Mobile Museum’s Verity-Jane Keefe

London’s living history: An interview with the Mobile Museum’s Verity-Jane Keefe

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Three years in the making, a slice of London’s living history about to drive by as the Mobile Museum project gets set to venture out onto London’s streets. In the next few months artist Verity-Jane Keefewill be delivering her multi-faceted art project which considers contemporary cultural life and engages local communities in processes of collection, cataloguing and curation. The project,…

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No. 1 Worst City to Live In- Damascus

No. 1 Worst City to Live In- Damascus

Source: wikipedia.org

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Each city constantly faces the challenge of creating the capacity and infrastructure that will enable the efficient operation of all its functions from energy use to transportation. The major influencing factors that significantly determine the quality of life of the average citizen are urban functions such as health care, culture and environment, education and…

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No.1 Worst City to Live in - Damascus

No.1 Worst City to Live in – Damascus

Source: wikimedia.org

Each city constantly faces the challenge of creating the capacity and infrastructure that will enable the efficient operation of all its functions from energy use to transportation. The major influencing factors that significantly determine the quality of life of the average citizen are urban functions such as health care, culture and environment, education and…

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