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.

If you have an idea you'd like to share, click the submit button!

Navajo Reservation / Suburb
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2011. By Edward Burtynsky The fish farms of China's Luoyuan Bay. Fujian Province, China, 2012. By Edward Burtynsky Salinas #2, Cádiz, Spain, 2013. By Edward Burtynsky


Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water. Their new film Watermark is currently showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

You can watch the trailer here

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What happens when water scarcity begins to impact not just the dusty rural towns of New Mexico but also the sprawling suburbs of its growing metro areas? How will the rural compete with the urban?
If you are a state legislator representing small towns like Magdalena or Cloudcroft, these may be the kind of questions that someday keep you up at night. However, if you are a resident of these communities, they’re the kind of questions that already do.

Lucas Lindsey on New Mexico’s water crisis.

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