Posts Tagged ‘cities’

China’s Cities Devour Farms

December 6, 2017

“Village in the City,” a short documentary by Tom Ford of BAMM about urbanization in Guangzhou, China.

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The High Cost of Free Parking

December 1, 2017

Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain how the cities we live in are shaped by the way we get around them (more here).

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Hello Tokyo

September 15, 2017

“Hello Tokyo,” a 4-Minute tour of Tokyo by filmmaker Christoph Gelep. Music by Bonobo.

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The First City

May 30, 2017

Jonathan F. P. Rose explains how the first city was started in Turkey, 12,000 years ago.

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The Pentagon Preps for Urban Growth

January 31, 2017

Growing megacities are breeding grounds for “adversaries and hybrid threats,” and the U.S. Armed Forces are unprepared, claims a video from the “Advanced Special Operations Combating Terrorism” course at the Joint Special Operations University. The privately-produced video, made public by The Intercept’s Nick Turse, is based on a 2014 Army report.

We’re surprised the footage wasn’t used by the Trump campaign.

More:

“Pentagon Video Warns of ‘Unavoidable’ Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities,” Nick Turse, The Intercept

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Big Apple Manhole Covers: Cast in India

January 10, 2017

When you’re crossing the street in New York, look down. See that heavy iron manhole cover? It was cast in India.

A film by Natasha Raheja.

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Hong Kong Strong

October 16, 2016

“Hong Kong Strong,” directed by Brandon Li, with music by Steven Richard Davis. Peek behind the scenes here.

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Streets of Los Angeles

September 25, 2016

Driving in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Film from the King Rose Archives.

h/t: The Old Motor

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Highways & Cities

September 5, 2016

20th Century highways were a great development, but not for the cities they passed through. In urban areas, the routes took the paths of least political resistance, through working class and minority neighborhoods.

More:

“Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?” Joseph Stromberg, Vox

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The Blessing of the Buses

January 11, 2016

The Blessing of the Buses
“The quality of life in cities has much to do with systems of transport, which are often a source of much suffering for those who use them. Many cars, used by one or more people, circulate in cities, causing traffic congestion, raising the level of pollution, and consuming enormous quantities of non-renewable energy. This makes it necessary to build more roads and parking areas which spoil the urban landscape. Many specialists agree on the need to give priority to public transportation. Yet some measures needed will not prove easily acceptable to society unless substantial improvements are made in the systems themselves, which in many cities force people to put up with undignified conditions due to crowding, inconvenience, infrequent service and lack of safety.”

—  Laudato si’, Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on care for our common home

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