The world is in Quito to discuss cities- but are local voices heard at Habitat III?

As many as 45,000 people are gathered in Ecuadors capital for the UNs future of cities summit. Inside the fencing, speakers say greater inclusivity will make better cities for all but elsewhere in Quito, some residents are feeling shut out On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machngara […]

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Rutger Bregman:’ We could cut the working week by a third’

Could this young Dutchman, hailed as a visionary, galvanise the left with his revolutionary plan for a borderless future in which we are all pay money running less? As liberal democracy has appeared to be crumbling under the weight of widespread despondency, some hardline sentiments are in danger of becoming received wisdoms. In the global […]

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What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

The reality for many urban children is too much time spent indoors playing on smartphones but a few cities are fighting the tide with innovative ways to keep children healthy, sociable and outdoors Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk […]

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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

The Catalan capitals revolutionary new strategy will curtail traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into citizen spaces for culture, leisure and the community In the latest endeavor from a big city to move away from automobile hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and […]

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