Lusail: sleek new city offers glimpse of Qatar’s post-oil future

During the 2022 World Cup, all eyes will be on the coastal metropolis located 16km from Doha From the sands of the Qatari coast rise the towering glass, steel and concrete forms of Lusail, a city being built almost entirely from scratch. Pharaonic in its scale and ambition, the under-construction metropolis is the vision of the countrys former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, born in part from the desire to diversify the Qatari economy and distance it from oil dependence. Financed by the government via the Qatari Diar real estate company, the city was initially conceived in 2005 but development truly took off when A road and new tramway line. The citys train network will comprise four main …

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

The world is full of problems. So sometimes, it’s nice to give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to people who have solved some. This week, WIRED partnered with the Danish urban planning and design firm Copenhagenize Design to publish a list of the world’s top 20 cities for cyclists. These places are working towards public health, climate, and traffic goals by making it easier to get around on two wheels instead of four. Also attempting to solve problems this week: Google parent Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unit, which believes the fix for all manner of urban ills comes down to data—and hopes to test out its ideas in Toronto. Oh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who really wants you to buy an electric car. It’s …

The Tokyo neighbourhood where people come to disappear

For hundreds of years people have come to Sanya in search of labouring jobs, shelter and a sense of belonging but the area is changing fast, and its residents are struggling to adapt At first sight, Sanya looks much like any other Tokyo suburb: well-appointed homes, supermarkets and fast-food restaurants. In the distance, soaring above the rooftops and mesh of overhead power lines is the unmistakable shape of the Tokyo Skytree. But its proximity to the ultra-modern landmark is deceptive. Older men in well-worn tracksuits, baseball caps and plastic slippers clutch cans of early-afternoon chu-hi alcopops, and dozens of no-frills hostels advertise rooms with easily the lowest rates in the city clues to Sanyas status as a Tokyo neighbourhood like …

It wasnt crying wolf: sale of whole Italian village revealed as PR hoax

Tiny Esino Lario claimed all its assets were up for grabs but it was actually working with a tech firm to raise awareness of issues facing villages Last month a mountain village in northern Italy put all its assets up for sale. A website advertised that everything must go. Street signs started at 1,250. A pilgrimage site cost around 600,000, with a 15% discount applied. The town hall was a bit cheaper 200,000. Benches came at 280 each, but with an enticing three-for-two promotion. In a full-page advert placed in almost all of Italys top newspapers, Esino Larios mayor, Pietro Pensa, lamented the reason for the mass sell-off: a lack of resources to fight the villages depopulation. Sadly, we no …

How the ‘Las Vegas of Italy’ is kicking its slot machine addiction

Once compared to Oxford, the university city of Pavia is now better known for gambling. These activists are fighting to change that At the start of this year, Massimo was standing on a bridge determined to jump off. The 45-year-old had been struggling with gambling addiction since 2001. I started to play slot machines and video poker after the death of my father and ended up spending 5,000 a day, says the artisan fence-maker, from the city of Pavia in northern Italy. He was soon in debt to loan sharks and ended up stealing to fund his habit, including from his own mother, before considering suicide. Now Massimo (not his real name) lives in La Casa del Giovane, a unit …