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Green concrete: sustainable construction?Green concrete: sustainable construction?

As the planet urbanises, attention is turning towards the most basic of building materials – concrete – to ensure the imminent construction boom is as sustainable as possible.

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Building blocks: pedestrianising BarcelonaBuilding blocks: pedestrianising Barcelona

Despite protests, an experimental pedestrianisation system is proving to be a hit in Barcelona’s traffic-swamped streets. With pollution levels down and residential use up, it looks set to catch on elsewhere in Spain.

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Santiago’s transport network aims for a responsible futureSantiago’s transport network aims for a responsible future

Chile aims to help meet its climate commitments by getting the Santiago Metro system to run mainly on renewable energy.

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How Airbnb is reshaping our citiesHow Airbnb is reshaping our cities

Liberating tourism innovation, or housing menace? How a Silicon Valley startup has substantially affected communities around the world.

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Why Chinese cities are differentWhy Chinese cities are different

Urban design and sustainable infrastructure will play a huge role in building a low-carbon global economy. But cities in one key player – China – have some significant differences to the rest of the world.

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How smart are ‘smart’ cities?How smart are ‘smart’ cities?

Our metropolises are becoming highly networked and technologically advanced urban hubs. How should we react to the rise of the smart city?

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Growing painsGrowing pains

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this felt more keenly than in the world’s megacities – urban sprawls that each house over ten million people. But such growth brings with it a host of problems.

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The Air That We BreatheThe Air That We Breathe

Cities the world over are struggling to improve air quality as scandals surrounding diesel car emissions come to light and the huge health costs of pollutants are better understood.

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Cooling ChicagoCooling Chicago

Installing ‘green rooftops’ across Chicago – part of a comprehensive planning vision for the next few decades – could dramatically help the city’s attempts to prevent overheating.

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