Iniciamos este espaço com a reprodução da excelente série “The Story Of Cities” do Jornal Britânico The Guardian.

The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world


In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world

Story of cities #2: Rome wasn't planned in a day … in fact it wasn't planned at all


Historiador que colaborou com a fundação do PT é contra o impeachment, mas diz que partido precisa resgatar a sua identidade.-The grid system which the Roman republic exported all over Europe was never employed in the capital itself. The city has always lacked a coherent plan – save for the monumental temple that once towered over it

Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation


Fidel Castro rompeu seu silêncio para deixar claro que não dá seu aval à aproximação com o velho inimigo Estado Unidos promovida por seu irmão Raúl, atual presidente de Cuba, e pelo norte-americano Barack Obama. - The foundation of al-Mansur’s ‘Round City’ in 762 was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. It developed into the cultural centre of the world

Story of cities #4: Beijing and the earliest planning document in history


The seemingly incoherent sprawl of modern Beijing is based on meticulous plans to bind citizens together under imperial rule. Conceived as a means of enforcing social order, the impact of planning remains strong in the city today – diante de uma lista em que a mesma empreiteira revela financiar 316 políticos de praticamente todo o arco ideológico, destinando a cada um deles somas que chegam a vários milhões de reais e tratando-os por apelidos típicos de quadrilheiros, como “Caranguejo, “Viagra”, “Drácula”, “Avião”, “Bruto” ou “Nervosinho”?

Story of cities #5: Benin City, the mighty medieval capital now lost without trace


With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’. So why is nothing left?

Story of cities #6: how silver turned Potosí into 'the first city of capitalism'


The The discovery of a mountain of silver (and a new way to extract it) transformed this remote Incan hamlet into the economic centre of Spain’s empire – larger than London, Milan or Seville. But then the silver ran out …

Story of cities #7: Philadelphia grid marks birth of America's urban dream


A William Penn’s city was planned as a utopian ideal; a grid of broad streets to promote green urban living for settlers to this 17th-century colony. While Penn grew disillusioned, his design lives on in Philadelphia, and around the world

Story of cities #8: St Petersburg – is the 'city built on bones' starting to crumble?


Estados Built on a swamp at the cost of thousands of lives, Peter the Great’s ‘antidote to Moscow’ has survived uprisings, sieges and floods to become Europe’s third largest city. But is history now catching up with St Petersburg?

Story of cities #9: Kingston, Jamaica – a city born of 'wickedness' and disaster


When the devastating earthquake of 1692 ripped through Port Royal, aka the ‘richest and wickedest city in the world’, a very different Caribbean capital rose up in its place. But could Kingston’s rigid grid plan impose order after the chaos?

Story of cities #10: how the dirty Old Town became enlightened Edinburgh


EScotland’s capital was in a desperate state, plagued by social problems and limited space. Then a young, unqualified architect came up with a plan for Edinburgh New Town – and it heralded the greatest period in the city’s history

Story of cities #11: the reclamation of Mumbai – from the sea, and its people?


ETransforming Bombay’s seven islets into land fit for a city was a daunting challenge. Its success created one of the world’s megacities – but today Mumbai faces the twin challenges of extreme population density and severe flood risk

Story of cities #12: Haussmann rips up Paris – and divides France to this day


EGeorges-Eugène Haussmann is feted internationally for transforming the French capital with an audacious programme of urban planning. Yet 125 years after his death, his legacy at home remains much more controversial. Why?

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