The Life-Sized City

At the heart of every city is its citizens. Our perception of cities is slowly changing from a model of mathematical engineering to a human habitat where urban spaces have the potential to be healthy, attractive, interesting and efficient. In this six-part series, urban design expert Mikael Colville-Andersen explores the anatomy and vibrancy of the modern metropolis, highlighting pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world.


Air Date: October 18, 2020 - 52:00
Toronto has always cast a long shadow on the city of Hamilton, Ontario, for a number of reasons: it's bigger, it's more economically successful, and people want to live there. But times are changing.
Air Date: October 06, 2020 - 52:00
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the United States' Gulf Region in 2005, killing over 1800 people, displacing over a million and causing over 151 billion dollars US in damages, New Orleans was caught in the eye of the storm.
Air Date: September 29, 2020 - 52:00
Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, the ancient city of Beirut has survived brutal civil war, ongoing conflicts with Israel, political assassinations and endless bombings.
Air Date: September 22, 2020 - 52:00
Spain's second-largest city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with around 30 million tourists visiting Barcelona each year.
Air Date: September 15, 2020 - 52:00
The capital of Taiwan is a young city undergoing rapid change and development within a fragile governmental framework.
Air Date: September 08, 2020 - 52:00
Despite Argentina's history of political and economic upheaval, the nation's capital Buenos Aires has remained relatively stable.