Some people love them, some people hate them.

Earlier, we published a consensus set of rankings of the "best" cities in the world, as aggregated from 22 different sets of "best cities" lists evaluating global cities by vibrancy, livability, and beauty, among other factors. 

While some cities - among t...

We aggregated 22 different sets of rankings of the "best" cities in the world, as measured by a range of criteria - dynamism, livability, beauty, and other overall qualities. Here's what they revealed. Welcome the debate.

The aggregate consensus "best" cities in the world:

The Consensus Top Tier:

1. Lo...

Cities for people or people for cities?

An unlikely marriage between city planning and gene modification is reinventing the future city. It’s also pushing the technological edge of gene modification as a tool for good – potentially as a natural outgrowth of the legacy of city planning as a tool for p...

By Roger Weber

This will be the first part of a series in as many parts as it takes me to sort out some thoughts on how city planning can help in the fight against COVID-19. Stay tuned.

1850 can teach us a lot about coronavirus, and about life. As the US took its first steps toward the Civil War and t...

So you've got some land and want to build a new city? Or maybe you just know you want to build a city, but you don't have the land yet. Here is a starter guide for how to build a new city.

Step 1: Approach with caution

Building a new city is a really, really, really big investment. It's tremendously e...

As one of the most conservative countries on earth takes on the 21st century, a pair of government-initiated new cities are among its most groundbreaking and ambitious investments. With different histories and emerging trajectories, KAEC and NEOM are blazing the trail in the opportunities and pitfal...

Among its many inventions, one of America's most interesting gifts to the rest of the world was its invention of the modern maga-city downtown. Before Europe and well before Asia, America invented the notion of a true modern "downtown" comprised of abundant tall buildings and a plethora of urban job...

Originally published on New Geography

2017's tragic events in Charlottesville kickstarted a somber debate about the appropriate way to commemorate the war that gave all Americans their freedom. It also triggered a conversation about whether the south’s legacy of rebellion and independence – with slav...

As we've explored potential locations for the next great new global city, a million-to-one longshot is rising to the surface as a candidate for value-based future investment. Having gone through one of the most turbulent decades in the history of the world politically over the last ten years, does a...

In 1999 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the two titans of contemporary urban planning had an epic debate: New Urbanism vs. Delirious New York. The videos are below.

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