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How we can design timeless cities for our collective future

Newly built cities and neighborhoods look so similar all over the world that you could easily mix them up. The charm and beauty that so captivates us in cities like Rom, Fez or Jaipur has, in the eyes of architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, been lost in a world of increasing mass production, regulation, and cost considerations.


So that the growing cities of the 21st century can flourish, he calls in his TED talk for us to allow the local to more strongly influence urban planning, And not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for collective, social, and psychic well-being.  His vision: lyrical cities that reflect differing cultural and climate conditions as well as the diversity of their residents – cities that pick up global innovations in order to adapt them for local needs.