Ship Out of Water: Minneapolis puts sustainability on hold for football season

This April, the City of Lakes will have the first Water bar in the world. Yes, that’s what you just read – a bar specialized in tap water will open its doors in the Minneapolis hipster district Northeast. Even for water-rich Minneapolis — its very name originates from the Sioux…

A city for the future, a city for its people

On November 1, 1755, an earthquake nearly destroyed the city of Lisbon and its surroundings. As a consequence, the city had to be rebuilt from scratch: the entire Baixa, the historic heart of the city, ceased to exist, and the new Lisbon became the city of the citizen, not the crown.   This story…

From post-industrial landscapes to post-carbon cities

  Europe’s third longest bridge is in Scandinavia and connects Malmö, in Sweden, with Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city. This spectacular bridge created a bi-national city-region, connecting Sweden’s third largest city with the rest of the world. For Malmö, it was a crucial step to improve the city’s attractiveness after its…

Where a post-carbon future confronts the ghosts of the past

Facing the recurring dilemma of change – building the bridge between the past and the future – is the responsibility that comes with the right to the city. In Denver, the redevelopment of the international airport into a model community for residential sustainability is labelled progress. But it remains haunted by its past….