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This column is about today’s ideas for the cities of tomorrow and in this last Smart Post we’d like to pass on to you the baton…

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In 1953 the psychiatrist-inventor Wilhem Reich, at the request of blueberry farmers from Maine, built a strange tool: a telescope enmeshed with metal pipes renamed by the media as “cloudbuster”: a wannabe rain hunter which, thanks to a certain cosmic energy, should have been able to create clouds and rain

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“You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. Your own village means that you’re not alone, that you know there’s something of you in the people” said Cesare Pavese in the Italian literary classic The moon and the bonfires recalling the countryside where he grown up.

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In the most famous scene of ‘Bande à part’ by Jean-Luc Godard, the three heroes…

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Roman aqueducts, Amsterdam canals, Taj Mahal pools, Alhambra fountains, Zhouzhuang water town…

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It all started with vernacular architecture. The island of Procida, the villages of the Batak, the Walser mountain huts, les chaumières bretonnes – the result has always been one of self organizing processes of variation and repetition, as described by Bernard. Rudofsky in his classic ‘Architecture without Architects’. Then came

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One of many legends about the origin of the word “cocktail” dates back to…

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The earliest “habitation technology” was the grotto — a natural feature that man…

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For three years now, Melbourne has been the most liveable city in the world. This is based on a recent ranking by the Economist, but a status that comes mainly from the votes of its inhabitants. What are the large-scale projects in recent years that have given this Australian metropolis

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In New York there are about 13,500 taxis. At the MIT Senseable City Lab, researchers have been…

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