ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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The heavily polluted soil will be purified by phytoremediation techniques, in which plants are used to clean the soil. A specially selected combination of plants is used to stabilize, break off and take up pollutants.

The team from Amsterdam’s De Ceuvel project explain how nature can be harnessed to clean former industrial sites. 

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Urbanization has lured more people to bustling metropolises, but precious little thought has been given to what happens when these cities fail. Over time, the underlying systems and processes of civilization - from lead mining to offshore drilling to car commuting - slowly poison us. Power grids brown out, the climate heats up, and industrial accidents ravage ecosystems and cities alike. For all the famed cities with thousands of years of continuity - Paris, London, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Istanbul - most cities just stop.

Ben Paynter considers the longevity of the city after visiting America’s most toxic town.

Cities are centres for the generation of knowledge and the exchange of wealth, for cultural growth and scientific achievement. While they offer many social and economic benefits, however, the cost they generate to our environment is often too great to ignore: urbanization is linked to resource depletion, increased waste and pollution, and the reduction of species.

Guy Battle, in The Endless City.