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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Skyscrapers, subways, urban sprawl - the bigger issues changing our cities get a lot of attention. But across the globe every single day, individuals and communities are making their cities better places through smaller scale projects, improving the lives of urban citizens in the process. We believe these stories are just as important as the bigger urban issues, and we want to ensure there is an online platform dedicated to discovering, sharing and celebrating the innovative citizen-led changes that aren’t getting mainstream media coverage. And we want as many people as possible to hear about these projects. 
We’ve got a plan, and we need your help to realize it.
Please, share your coments or ‘applaud’ our entry to the Knight News Challenge here: http://kng.ht/1ibCIjx   High-res

Skyscrapers, subways, urban sprawl - the bigger issues changing our cities get a lot of attention. But across the globe every single day, individuals and communities are making their cities better places through smaller scale projects, improving the lives of urban citizens in the process. 

We believe these stories are just as important as the bigger urban issues, and we want to ensure there is an online platform dedicated to discovering, sharing and celebrating the innovative citizen-led changes that aren’t getting mainstream media coverage. And we want as many people as possible to hear about these projects. 

We’ve got a plan, and we need your help to realize it.

Please, share your coments or ‘applaud’ our entry to the Knight News Challenge here: http://kng.ht/1ibCIjx

It’s been just over 7 weeks since we launched our #urbanism campaign, calling on Tumblr users to tag and reblog the very best content related to urbanism. 
So why did we do it?
Over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, this is widely expected to reach 70%. Cities are undergoing unprecedented change and urbanism is one of the most crucial issues of our time. More activity on the #urbanism tag means more eyes on this important issue. And enough activity means #urbanism could reach Featured Tag status, landing in the dashboards of Tumblr users all over the world. Not just the #urbanism geeks. 
In the last 7 weeks we’ve been curating the tag ourselves, sharing 50 posts that we think are the best on the #urbanism tag. We’re going to keep doing this, and we’re aiming to make This Big City the best place on Tumblr for urbanism content. 
In the meantime, keep using the tag! #urbanism matters!   High-res

It’s been just over 7 weeks since we launched our #urbanism campaign, calling on Tumblr users to tag and reblog the very best content related to urbanism. 

So why did we do it?

Over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, this is widely expected to reach 70%. Cities are undergoing unprecedented change and urbanism is one of the most crucial issues of our time. More activity on the #urbanism tag means more eyes on this important issue. And enough activity means #urbanism could reach Featured Tag status, landing in the dashboards of Tumblr users all over the world. Not just the #urbanism geeks. 

In the last 7 weeks we’ve been curating the tag ourselves, sharing 50 posts that we think are the best on the #urbanism tag. We’re going to keep doing this, and we’re aiming to make This Big City the best place on Tumblr for urbanism content. 

In the meantime, keep using the tag! #urbanism matters!

It’s been three weeks since we launched our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag so we figured it was time for an update. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:
Nearly 50 awesome tumblogs have formally backed our campaign, including our friends at GOOD and the Atlantic Cities (if you’re an urbanism tumblog and you want to lend your support, drop us an ask!)
Our launch post has picked up over 500 notes, and we’ve been sharing some of the best comments from those who’ve reblogged it. We’ll keep doing that so keep reblogging and commenting!
Featured tags are curated, so we’ve been curating the #urbanism tag ourselves! Check out our first and second effort. 
If #urbanism is ever going to reach featured status, we need as much original content as possible shared using the tag. Urbanism is the most pressing issue of our time and deserves mainstream attention. Keep adding the #urbanism tag to all relevant posts you tumble!
Massive thanks to everyone for the support so far!
- Joe and Lucas   High-res

It’s been three weeks since we launched our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag so we figured it was time for an update. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:

Nearly 50 awesome tumblogs have formally backed our campaign, including our friends at GOOD and the Atlantic Cities (if you’re an urbanism tumblog and you want to lend your support, drop us an ask!)

Our launch post has picked up over 500 notes, and we’ve been sharing some of the best comments from those who’ve reblogged it. We’ll keep doing that so keep reblogging and commenting!

Featured tags are curated, so we’ve been curating the #urbanism tag ourselves! Check out our first and second effort. 

If #urbanism is ever going to reach featured status, we need as much original content as possible shared using the tag. Urbanism is the most pressing issue of our time and deserves mainstream attention. Keep adding the #urbanism tag to all relevant posts you tumble!

Massive thanks to everyone for the support so far!

- Joe and Lucas

Not only do I agree with the sentiments about the importance of urbanism amidst the world’s ever-growing urban population, but I also frequently use the urbanism tag in my blog posts.

Sound Bite City explain why they’re supporting our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag. If you want to support our campaign, reblog our original post and let us know why you’re supporting. 

As architects/landscape architects/urban planners/urban designers/etc., we’re all used to designing for an urban context and creating spaces that become places. Besides, we’re never too far removed from the workings of the city - walkable streets, gathering places, working infrastructure and others of the ilk.

Archistudent explain why they’re supporting our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag. If you want to support our campaign, reblog our original post and let us know why you’re supporting. 

If “Street Style” has a featured tag, shouldn’t the design and function of said streets (thus allowing style to happen on them) be a featured tag too? That’s (just a small part of) urbanism.

Urban Resolve explains why they’re supporting our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag. If you want to support our campaign, reblog our original post and let us know why you’re supporting.