How cities make us smarter: Ed Glaeser at TED2012

By Ben Lillie
Published: February 29, 2012

Ed Glaeser is a economist at Harvard, and the author of Triumph of the City, and as his business casual look he wears a bow-tie with ice-cream cones.

He is also one of the world’s experts on the nature of cities, and he was invited to set the stage for the TED2012 wish.

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The Secret to a Successful Urban Stadium

By Kaid Benfield
Published: February 10, 2012

I’ve had several occasions in the past three years or so to travel to Indianapolis, site of last Sunday’s Super Bowl. I am always struck, riding in from the airport, by how well Lucas Oil Stadium, where this year’s NFL championship game was held, fits architecturally within (or right next to, depending on your perspective) the city’s downtown.

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Curiosity Counts: The Art of the Japanese Manhole Cover

Architecture & Design: Top 8 Facadist Renovations, from Melbourne to Bucharest

Published: February 3, 2012

Architecture has traditionally been built in a single unified style, but within the last few decades, a new style as emerged that mixes old and new: facadism. As the name suggests, old facades (and sometimes even more substantial portions) are left intact while the interior and other less visible portions of the building are demolished to make way for something new–usually a glassy, modern building.

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