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The Best Articles in Future Cities

The most useful articles and videos in Future Cities from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Future Cities Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Future Cities by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground
  2. How Japan Built Cities Where You Could Send Your Toddler on an Errand
  3. 9 cities that could be underwater by 2030
  4. Ranked: The World’s Fastest Growing Cities
  5. Will we ever… live in city-sized buildings?


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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Future Cities, including:

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LSE Cities

LSE Cities is an international centre carrying out research, education, outreach + advisory activities in the urban field at @LSEnews. Tweets for @UrbanAge_.

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UCL Urban Laboratory

Crossdisciplinary centre for critical and creative urban research, teaching, practice and participation @ucl. Conference Tickets -

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Smart City Expo World Congress

The world’s leading event for cities. Next edition 7-9 Nov 2023 #SCEWC23. @Fira_Barcelona

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Future of Places

The global forum about public space


We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Future Cities, including:

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Visual Capitalist

Data-driven visual content focused on global trends, investing, technology, and the economy.

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Next City

Next City’s journalism centers marginalized voices while amplifying solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities.

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We're a nonprofit news org dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. Get our journalism in your inbox:

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MIT Technology Review

Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next.

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Fast Company

Inspiring readers to think beyond traditional boundaries & create the future of business. Subscribe to our daily newsletter:

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