Re-Imagining Urban Space in Vancouver [Video]

Ali Butcher knows the built forms of our cities expose something about our values and priorities. In his TEDxJacksonville talk,  Redefining Space: Creativity and Sustainability in the City, Butcher first examines the shared historical narratives of Jacksonville and Vancouver, BC, and then charts where the cities’ values and growth patterns have diverged. Butcher challenges us …

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Another TEDx Talk—The suburbs are dying: Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher at TEDxMidAtlantic

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine. She is a co-chair of the Fortune U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, was published by Portfolio in August 2013. Continue reading

TED Talk—The General Theory of Walkability: Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck at TEDxMidAtlantic

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. The Christian Science Monitor called his recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work.”

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Will the City of the Future Work Like a Village of the Past? [Weekend Watch]

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? In this TEDxBoston 2012 talk, Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.