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Cities are the the 21st century‚Äôs dominant form of civilization — and they’re where humanity’s struggle for survival will take place. Robert Muggah and Ben Barber spell out the possibilities.

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What happens when a city is managed almost completely by private corporations? Visit Gurgaon, India, a boomtown of millions without a citywide system for water, electricity or even public sewers.

One of the four potted "hope trees" in the "Dear Boston" exhibition. "We asked visitors to express their hopes for Boston and the world on a tag, and then hang it on a tree: a way to reflect--and have your reflection be public--at the one year anniversary," says Tisdale. "Often in museum exhibitions the 'talkback' station can fall flat -- people give you really bland comments, and mainly teenagers use them for lots of inappropriate language when no one's looking. But in this case it really worked, I think because we gave them powerful, important content and framed it in a way that invited them to rise to their best selves. Visitors hung roughly 15,000 tags during the 5-week exhibition run." Photo: Christian Phillips.

Curator Rainey Tisdale shares three ways in which cities can use culture to foster resiliency after even the worst tragedy.

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British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick describes how to bring a human scale and whimsical sensibility to urban life, to create a fabulous future fit for us all.

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Figuring out how to walk from A to B is easy in the age of online mapping tools. Just plug in two addresses and off you go. But sometimes getting to a place as quickly as possible isn’t the priority. Take a look at a project in which researchers tried to figure out a city’s “happy” routes.

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Dave Troy makes “people maps,” graphics that visualize cities and communities by people’s interests rather than their geography. Here he looks at the various divides in St. Louis, Missouri and asks if we might use this kind of analysis to predict the next Ferguson.

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At the end of 2014, find repose by exciting the mind. 52 of the world’s leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work.