The world owes much of its cultural legacy to Constantinople‘s walls. When Constantinople was under seige by neighboring enemies, the Roman city‘s elaborate system of moats, outer walls, and inner walls stood tall. Surviving numerous fire attacks, the walls were eventually brought down by more modern tools of warfare, but, thankfully, classical culture survived.
For the first time in history more people live in cities than in rural areas and the trend is accelerating worldwide. In this TEDPrize City 2.0 talk Kent Larson, director of the MIT Media Lab Changing Places group, tackles the problems of increased congestion and pollution with new models for urban dwellings, shared-use vehicles, and responsive environments.
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– We brought the country to the city. To revive the grey concrete, to break the routine and give you a moment to reflect on what we are and where we are going. Sometimes surprises just happen and we have no influence over them but we do have influence over our perception. How ready are you to accept whatever life throws at you with a smile?
Tilt-Shift time-lapse of the city of Samba
I just can’t stop watching this video. It’s amazing how those guys get so close to buildings and roads.