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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Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurantWith a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.Read more here.
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Uncommon Ground: the perfect name for America’s greenest restaurant

With a list of accolades that doesn’t stop, Chicago’s Uncommon Ground is anything but common. Named“Greenest restaurant” in America in 2011 and 2013, winner of the governor’s sustainability award, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, restaurant of the year, green business of the year…the list goes on and on. And now the owners are adding: “first organic brewery in the state” to that list.

Read more here.

The call to create more resilient cities has become a dominant theme. This can have different connotations: from disaster risk reduction to preparing for and responding to future environmental challenges. It will be a big challenge to ensure that policies, planning and design support the aspirations of poor and marginalised groups of citizens at the local level.

Mathew Wood-Hill on the challenges facing future cities.


The Future’s Most Walkable Cities: Prepare to Be Surprised Srividya Kalyanaraman, time.com
Walkable urban places are the cities of the future, a new study says. And where will those be? New York, Boston? Try Miami and Phoenix. No, we’re not kidding.
If you live in Wash­ing­ton D.C., New York City or Boston and your legs are your main…

Best way to see a city: on foot!   High-res

The Future’s Most Walkable Cities: Prepare to Be Surprised
Srividya Kalyanaraman, time.com

Walkable urban places are the cities of the future, a new study says. And where will those be? New York, Boston? Try Miami and Phoenix. No, we’re not kidding.

If you live in Wash­ing­ton D.C., New York City or Boston and your legs are your main…

Best way to see a city: on foot!

The most innovative urbanism passes through recycling, rehabilitation and reconstruction. Urbanism is understood now as collaborative micro-actuations that, together, encourage a deeper change about living in the city. Urban design pays attention not only in form, but also in how social relationships flow, perceptions, uses, and especially to the needs of new spaces for sociability, creativity and production.

Tere García Alcaraz on urban activation in Barcelona