And so this is Christmas. And what have you done?
Well, what CityMetric has done since we launched at the end of July is produced several hundred bits of top quality city-based content. That’s rather a lot – so here, in the spirit of looking back on the year that’s passed before beginning anew, are our favourites.
Maps, charts and visualisations
What would London’s new orbital rail link look like?
5 things we learned from maps of the Berlin Wall
These maps show US cities once the ice caps have melted
Content from our partners
4 ways to visualise world migration
Driving in Europe is getting safer
Stuff we explained
What is a hub airport and why should you want one?
What are “smart motorways”?
What is a city, anyway?
Why housing is the single most important factor in Africa’s economic development
Bikes, trains and automobiles
Image: Let’s Bike It.
Latvian cyclists dressed up as cars to show how bikes cut traffic
Transport ideas we’re kind of relieved never took off
Los Angeles: A Tale of Two Bike Lanes
Manchester Metrolink: six lessons for other cities
The EU could create a 50km rail tunnel to link Helsinki and Tallinn
Cool new technologies
Image: Sung Woo Park.
These rotating benches become dry seats after rainstorms
New transparent solar panels could fit invisibly over windows and phone screens
Scientists have designed a “skin” that senses when concrete structures are damaged
Google’s driverless cars can’t spot potholes or drive in heavy rain
Public and private space
Image: Nico97492 on Flickr, reused under creative commons.
In France’s cities, public space risks becoming a women-free zone
An artist tried to photograph every CCTV camera around the edge of London’s congestion zone
The hole in Bucharest that’s become a nature reserve
Interviews with thinkers
Image: Lord Heseltine/HM Treasury.
“Buccaneering, wealth-creating families were replaced by councillors”: Lord Heseltine talks to CityMetric
Geoffrey West: The theoretical physicist with the grand unified theory of cities
Jim O’Neill on reviving England’s north
Justing McGuirk on skyscraper slums and informal cities
Image: Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth.
Kickstarter raises $250,000 to reprint New York subway graphics manual in a single day
The US Army thinks it needs a plan to invade Lagos
The bed bug pandemic: a personal reflection
The town where goat-based arson is a Christmas tradition
The story of the world’s smallest skyscraper
Yes, they really have found alligators in the New York sewer system
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