Urban Europe, a comparative report on cities in Europe, was recently published. According to CityLab the summary of the report is
If you want to live in a European city where residents think affordable housing is easy to come by, avoid London and head for Ljubljana. That’s one of the possible conclusions to draw from a massive new report on European cities published by the E.U. (CityLab)
Although the report is not just about the housing issues, CityLab analysis has a point: “According to Eurostat’s 2015 Urban Europe report [PDF], published this week, most European big city residents feel that decent housing they can afford is increasingly hard to come by.”
Have a look at the spike below:
Of course, it shows the change in the cost of living in London!
Click here for checking the report.
Short Documentaries filmed by Citizens to Show Existing Solutions and Inspire New Initiatives?
Megacities of the world present lots of opportunities, but are also full of challenges.
So we need your help to bring to light, through the lense of your documentary, local inspiring solutions that have been implemented by a person or a community, near your home that have met those challenges head on. Through your story you could potentially change the lives of a friend, a neighbor, a family in another Megacity.
Your short documentary will change the world. (megacities-shortdocs.org)
If you walk around Barcelona, don’t forget to look down from time to time: you may be standing on a marvel of design.
Artist Sebastian Erras took photos of marvellous floors at Barcelona, Paris and Venice. This facinating project shows us importance of details in our everyday life and importance of the unity of arts and crafts!
Check some examples here:
For more Barselona Floors please check boredpanda
For more Parisian Floors please check boredpanda
For more VenetianFloors please check boredpanda
Bonus: Floor of my grandmother’s house 🙂
To take our streets back 🙂
Two days before the launch of the UN COP21 Climate Conference, 600 posters were installed in outdoor media spaces across Paris. 82 Artists from 19 different countries made artworks to challenge the corporate takeover of COP21 and to reveal the connections between advertising, the promotion of consumerism and climate change.
To see other works, check brandalism.org.uk 😉
Memory of a Future is photography project of Laurent Kronental. The artist documents housing estates built for refugees and migrants after WWII at the peripheries of Paris.
Souvenir d’un Futur is a vibrant tribute to senior citizens stranded in the “Grands Ensembles” of the Paris region. These grand housing estates, erected after the Second World War to house a population of rural refugees and foreign migrants, are peopled with a heterogeneous mix. They are often depicted by the media with images of insecurity and neglect. In sharp contrast with these clichés, and enthralled by their passé modernist appeal, Laurent Kronental has compassionately sought to pay tribute to these urban veterans who have aged there and who may well go down with them. (l’Oeil)
Despite all the critisism of modern architectural landscapes and problems inherited in those. Laurent Kronental tells us a different story:
“There is actually a strength in these people. There are those melancholy glances but at the same time these solid postures. The people I photographed were far from being sad and they were still valiant despite, sometimes, a faraway look,” (The Washington Post)
Visit Laurent’s website for other amazing photos of this imaginary of future from our shared past.
Development/ Expansion/Madness of 10 mega-cities during last century!
Macroform developments of 10 megacities (Los Angeles, Chicago, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Lagos, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Tokyo) are mapped by ESRI. Sure there should be Istanbul among them with its 13-million-population and monstrous development!
The world is a crowded place, with more than 7 billion people on the planet as of 2014. About half of this population lives in urban areas, and ongoing migration into city centers has given rise to the megacity—a metropolitan area with 10 million people or more.
Today the world has 28 megacities, according to the United Nations, and that figure is projected to increase. Scroll down to explore the historic growth of ten of today’s largest cities.
For the rest, check here!
Barricade in Spartacist Uprising, Berlin (Image Credit: Guardian Cities)
Guardian specialist locates WWI photographs into Google Street View. Worth to check!