Cities

The future of Durban: is this South Africa’s most inclusive public space?

The Indian Ocean beachfront, the restaurant strip of Florida Road and the market at Warwick offer three very different models for the future of South Africas third largest city It’s an early start on Durban’s beachfront Golden Mile. By 6am the surfers have arrived, followed by the athletes and their puppies, then executives-cum-cyclists, speed walkers …

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In a world of digital nomads, we will all be made homeless | John Harris

Whose utopia is this, when people have to sever emotional links and leave where they grew up to find dependable work?, asks Guardian columnist John Harris The office-space empire WeWork was founded eight years ago in New York. It currently leases 240,000 sq metres of real estate in London alone, which reportedly makes it the …

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Save Lives With Smarter, Slower Streets–Not Self-Driving Cars

No, you’re not imagining things. The timelines for autonomous vehicles keep shifting. Electric carmaker Tesla began selling a $3,000 “full self-driving” add-on to its Autopilot feature in 2016 — everything you need to drive without driving !– but still hasn’t turned it on. In 2012, Google’s Sergey Brin said “ordinary people” would have access to …

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Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious resurgence- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, uncovering the spaces and rituals of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious resurgences of our time. …

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Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious resurgence- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, uncovering the spaces and rituals of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious revivals of our time. …

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Carlos Ghosn’s former home: inside Tokyo’s notorious detention centre

Short tour allowed inside Japanese prison accused of keeping suspects in conditions designed to break them for confessions The forbidding outline of Tokyo detention centre is impossible to miss, even on a dark, wet afternoon in early June. The X-shaped building dominates the skyline of the unfashionable Kosuge neighbourhood in the city’s north-east. Aside from …

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‘Gentrification without displacement’: Wire actor’s property plan causes storm

Wendell Pierce says his $20 m apartment complex, which includes a cafe and and art gallery, will bring value to the citizens of Baltimore Earlier this month Wendell Pierce, who played detective William ” Bunk ” Moreland in the seminal HBO television series The Wire, tweeted his excitement about a new block of Baltimore apartments …

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‘Gentrification without displacement’: Wire actor’s property plan causes cyclone

Wendell Pierce says his $20 m apartment complex, which includes a cafe and and art gallery, will bring value to the citizens of Baltimore Earlier this month Wendell Pierce, who played detective William ” Bunk ” Moreland in the seminal HBO television series The Wire, tweeted his excitement about a new block of Baltimore apartments …

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‘ I’m so done with driving ‘: is the robot car revolution finally near?

When a driverless Uber killed a pedestrian, the onset of autonomous vehicles seemed to stall. But Waymo is cautiously but confidently forging ahead In the manicured grounds of a public library in Chandler, Arizona, Liisa Walimaa is waiting for a robot to take her to Macy’s. For a year Walimaa has been a participantin a …

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How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the listing of the worlds healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets Environment How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen exposes its …

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