Members of the Malaysian Institute of Planners sit on rocks that double as seating while visitors explore a temporary public space in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 12 Feb 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Gregory Scruggs.
Pop-ups have become popular in many cities, often the brainchild of local residents in an effort to improve their neighbourhoods or turn derelict spaces into community hubs.
On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being.
Online retail giant Amazon has made a decisive move into food retail. The acquisition of US grocer Whole Foods, a pioneer in organic, healthy food shopping for well-off consumers, brings together two businesses with contrasting reputations. We’ve been here before. And it didn’t work out well.
In 1900, just 15% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%, which is a lot of people. In fact, it means around 4 billion human beings rely on urban infrastructure to keep them warm, mobile and clean.