This week is CityMetric’s birthday. So, in an act of immense self-indulgence, we’re re-promoting some of our favourites of the 1,200 articles we’ve published in our first year online.
Today, it’s stories about the past, stories about the future, and stories we just really liked.
5 things we learned from maps of the Berlin Wall
A quarter of a century ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down, rejoining two cities into one. Cartographers responded in different ways to the wall’s erection and destruction.
New York’s secret history
New York destroyed a village full of African-American landowners to create Central Park.
An economic history of the north of England
The region stretching across the Pennines, from Liverpool to Hull, is all but unique. How did it get that way?
ISIS is bulldozing some of the world’s first cities. Here’s what we’re losing
Within days of Islamic State releasing a video showing their destruction of sculptures in the Mosul museum and the ancient city of Nineveh, reliable reports emerged that the obliteration of Iraq’s past had expanded to include the architectural treasures of Nimrud and Hatra, too.
The great “solar freakin’ roadways” debate
Back in 2006, a couple from Idaho formed a small company named “Solar Roadways Incorporated”. They wanted to replace every road, car park, driveway, pavement and patio in America with solar panels.
Shadow-free skyscrapers. Image: NBBJ.
How can we build skyscrapers without throwing cities into shadow?
There are around 250 tall towers currently planned for London’s skyline. Unless they’re planned carefully, they’ll start throwing shadows across ever-growing swathes of the city.
This is why we should be farming in skyscrapers
As the world’s overall population increases, aren’t we going to run out of flat space to farm?
And the rest
“Enough empty floor space to cover Madrid”
So why are China’s ghost cities still unoccupied?
Are water shortages the biggest threat to the Middle East?
Saudi Arabia alone burns 1.5m barrels of oil every day to desalinate water, an amount equivalent to the daily oil consumption of Italy.
Radical architects, skyscraper slums and informal cities
An interview with Justin McGuirk.
The bed bug pandemic: a personal reflection
For three months in 2012, we had bed bugs. It was bloody horrible.
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