Tokyo’s Urban Bungalows

One of the greatest surprises I encountered when I visited Tokyo last spring was how quiet the city became when you ventured away from the train stations. The above photos were taken less than 15 minutes by foot from Shinjuku, one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs and the centre of a huge business, entertainment […]

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An Old Building Given New Life — For Now

In Hong Kong, the fate of an old building is virtually predetermined. Worn by years of intense use and little maintenance, it is snatched up by a property developer who waits for the right moment to knock it down and replace it with shoebox apartments, or maybe a cookie-cutter hotel. Carl Gouw wants to break […]

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Photos of the Week: Manhattan Roofline

View from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa View from the High Line. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

Morning Coffee: Navarino

Eight years ago, I was an undergraduate student in Montreal, living in a two-room apartment that had nice wood floors but no natural light. One morning in early December, I awoke with my girlfriend, who had an end-of-semester exam, and as we left my building we discovered a thick blanket of fresh show that had […]

Photos of the Week: Circles and Squares

Footbridge, Macau. Photo by eva Window cages, Macau. Photo by eva Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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The Over-Regulated Street

Top: 1970s. Bottom: 2011. Photo by Lee Chi-man It’s always easy to depict a city’s changes through the broadest of strokes. Buildings fall so that others may rise; new roads are built; shops come and go. But the most important transformations are often the most subtle.

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Green Wall, Green Roof

Perhaps not quite what you’d expect.

Recovery by Design

Photo by the Swiss Red Cross The violence of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on March 11th was shocking enough, but what followed was almost unimaginable. Thirty minutes after the quake, a massive tsunami swept through the northeastern Tohoku region with waves up to 120 feet high. Entire towns were crushed and swept away. […]

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Photos of the Week: Zones d’affichage

Posters for cultural events in Montreal. Photo by übung Real estate posters in Hong Kong. Photo by Damien Polegato Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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The Sea Breeze That Kills

People living near Hong Kong’s massive container port are being subjected to life-threatening levels of sulphur dioxide, says the author of a new government report on marine pollution that will be released later this year. Scientists, environmentalists and even the shipping industry accuse the Hong Kong government of dragging its feet in regulating pollution from […]

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Photos of the Week: Three Streets

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Christopher Canning

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The Lingering Ghost

On a bright summer day in 1996, Kate McDonnell was wandering through an alley in the eastern Plateau when she spotted the remnants of a hand-painted tobacco ad on the wall of an old triplex. Fifteen years later, Kate ventured down the same alley and, sure enough, the ad was still there, a bit more […]

Slow Heal

The Montreal metro being built under de Maisonneuve, early 1960s For a long time, the boulevard de Maisonneuve was one of my least favourite streets in Montreal. It was built in the 1960s by linking and widening four distinct streets: de Montigny, Burnside, St. Luc and Western. The final product was a Frankenstein’s monster of […]