Jul 31, 2015
Looking back at IDEAS CITY 2015
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities The theme of this year’s IDEAS CITY Festival is The Invisible City, an homage to Italo Calvino’s literary masterpiece of 1972. […]
Jul 22, 2015
"Keep it slow:" touring the High Line
The High Line has become a top destination for visitors. Does it still work for New Yorkers? Sarah Holder takes a tour.
Jul 12, 2015
Why I love the QueensWay
The QueensWay would transform an abandoned railway in Queens into parkland.
Jul 5, 2015
Dematerializing the car
Ecologist Eric Sanderson has written a carefully detailed and beautifully designed book on the need to redesign society without cars. Projjal Dutta, Director of Sustainability for the MTA, keeps a personal Tumblr titled “Taking the car out of carbon,” with a similar message (both Sanderson and Dutta are advisors to City Atlas). Enrique Penalosa, the visionary former mayor of Bogota, advised City […]
Jun 18, 2015
James White: ice & the city
Director, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
James White explains that the future of the city depends on how the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets melt in a warmer climate, and on what we do to slow the process down by curbing emissions.
Jun 1, 2015
Fifty Years of Landmarks
New York's Landmarks Law preserves not only the culture of the past, but the energy put into buildings of the past.
May 29, 2015
What's your big idea?
We're thinking big. Trans-Atlantic big.
May 23, 2015
The great nuclear hope returns
One puzzle on which top experts disagree is the role of nuclear power in providing a solution to climate change.
May 5, 2015
Here Comes Solar: residential solar comes to NYC
Will solar panels soon become as iconic to New York's rooftops as the ubiquitous water tower?
Apr 22, 2015
Insouciant coyotes take Manhattan
An adventurous coyote led police on a futile chase through Riverside Park on the Upper West Side, the second to be seen in Manhattan in April, and the sixth NYC coyote sighting of 2015, a record-breaking pace.
Apr 6, 2015
CUSP map: taking a look under the hood of the city
A new crowdsourced map shows some important features of the city and describes how we can respond to changing climate.
Mar 28, 2015
Bicycling around a warming globe
Part epic journey, part field research: David Kroodsma and Lindsey Fransen bicycled across Asia researching climate. It turns out that low carbon travel is possible with time and strong legs, and probably a much better way to see things.
Mar 22, 2015
New York's lead role in solving for the future
A panel at Columbia looked at how New York is taking a leading role in how cities both cope with, and solve, the planetary challenge of climate change.
Mar 12, 2015
Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Park
What makes this park, a new jewel for New York City, so successful?
Mar 2, 2015
Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
"We’re educating students who will go out into the world and have 60 years or more of productive and engaged life. What is the world going to be like 60 years from now?"
Feb 23, 2015
A new book about what we don't know
Gernot Wagner is an economist who focuses on what he doesn’t know. Tail events, the black swans, the unknown unknowns. The future.
Feb 14, 2015
How can global finance...help the globe?
Can global finance rapidly shift gears to trigger a new wave of sustainable investing?
Jan 25, 2015
Using geology to fix the atmosphere
What if the key to halting climate change lay not in the atmosphere above our heads, but in the rock beneath our feet?