People are rethinking housing arrangements in growing cities across the globe. Many are ditching the confines of traditional apartments and opting for communal living. In Seoul, three families band together to build the home of their dreams and the urban support system they’ve never had. On a larger scale, participants in a housing cooperative in Lyon band together to share space and the responsibilities of homeownership in a Vertical Village.
Big cities attract dreamers from all over the world. Meet the people building communities of inclusion for immigrants. In Toronto, advocates shine a light on the benefits of diversity and the contributions of refugees. In Stockholm, volunteers help immigrants regain a sense of dignity in a city where they can easily become invisible.
Many people enjoy the anonymity found in city living, but this anonymity also creates dangers for more vulnerable people like the homeless and elderly. In Malaysia, an organization feeds the needy, paying particular attention to those living on the streets. In Tokyo, a community for senior citizens helps them cope with issues they encounter in their newly independent lives.
Looking back to traditional practices can help us find modern solutions to various environmental and social issues of city life. In Peru, follow a Native leader nicknamed “The Engineer”, as he designs a bridge that brings together entire communities to work for a common cause. In Costa Rica, sound builders offer a bridge for city residents to cut through urban noise pollution and connect to memories of joy through natural and historic instruments.