Barcelona's car-free smart city experiment

Superblocks is a radical plan to reclaim the streets from the noise and pollution of traffic, one that could save hundreds of lives that might otherwise be lost because of heavily polluted air. It also hopes to act as a blueprint for other cities.

Natural ways of cooling cities

Scientists have been researching the effect of precipitation and population size on rising temperatures in cities compared with the surrounding countryside. They have found that more green spaces can help to lower temperatures in urban zones.

Holland Transforms Bus Stops Into Bee Havens

As the world’s bee populations continue to decline, a province in Holland is taking steps to give these pollinators new ecosystems is transforming over 300 bus stops into green hubs. 

How we will inhabit the future

For the first time in the history of human civilization, most people live in cities. Climate change, water, garbage, transportation flows and digital connectivity will shape the future quality of daily life in our ever-denser habitat.

Robot cities: Three urban prototypes

Fourth industrial revolution driven by robots is shaping urban spaces and urban life in response to opportunities and challenges in economic, social, political and healthcare domains.

Climate change 'will push European cities towards breaking point'

Study highlights urgent need to adapt urban areas to cope with floods, droughts and heatwaves.

How to reduce heat extremes by 2-3 degrees Celsius

How changing crops, moving to no till agriculture and lightening infrastructure can reduce extreme temperatures.

First look inside the Amazon Spheres

The Spheres is a new and very unique work space for Amazon workers in Seattle, US. The three glass domes are an indoor garden that house 400 species of plants from around the world.

Planted buildings - the future of our cities or an eco-fantasy?

The trend for “green” eco-fantasy buildings is sweeping the world of architecture, with designers now integrating gardens, terraces and vertical planting in their buildings.

This project turns plastic waste into 3D-printed benches

Netherlands-based studio's initiative combines 3D printing with recycling to re-design urban space.

Are cities affecting evolution?

Explosion of rats, clovers, bedbugs, mosquitoes unintended evolutionary consequence of urbanization.

Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has investigated the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health.

Are gyroscopic vehicles the future of urban travel?

A Russian design company has created futuristic gyroscopic pods to provide a radical new green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems.

Madrid's new 'Desert City' is a spectacular home for over 400 species of cacti

The massive 54,000-square-feet Desert City was designed to be an educational, sustainable, and ecological complex aimed at educating visitors about the vibrant world of the xerophytic plants.