Dublin (CNN) – According to an old Irish saying,"in Dublin you can't throw a stick without hitting a poet."
James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde are just some of the writers the city has produced over the centuries.
In recognition of its past and present achievements, the Irish capital was recently named as one of six UNESCO Cities of Literature.
CNN's Jim Boulden travelled to Dublin to see how the designation is boosting the city's morale.
Dublin (CNN) – Many of the world's airports are evolving from origins as mass transit hubs into economic powerhouses.
Dublin has similar ambitions for its own gateway. The Irish capital is using its airport facilities as a carrot to attract green businesses. CNN's Jim Boulden flew into Dublin Airport's shiny new Terminal 2 for a closer look.
Dublin (CNN) – Dublin is trending. In September, Twitter became the latest in a line of new media companies to announce it will set up its European headquarters in the Irish capital.
The micro-blogging site joins the likes of Google, Facebook and e-Bay in what has been dubbed "Europe's Silicon Valley." Dublin's growing IT sector is giving the city a renewed sense of confidence.
Dublin (CNN) – The Celtic Tiger has fled and the Irish capital is licking its wounds from a decade of over-spending.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. CNN's Jim Boulden travelled to Dublin and found a city reinventing itself.
Tokyo (CNN) - What happens to the endless amounts of trash created by Tokyo, home to 13 million people?
Future Cities investigates the highly automated business behind trash disposal.
It also discovers the potential for the rubbish to feed Tokyo's green spaces.
Moscow (CNN) – You can’t visit Moscow without visiting Gorky Park. It’s one of Europe’s biggest public spaces, and through the Martin Cruz Smith novel and 1983 film, became an international symbol of the paranoia and intrigue of the Soviet Union.
It was built in 1928 as an embodiment of the Soviet ideals of public health and public space, but gradually that ideology was forgotten, and the park fell into disrepair. Now though, that’s all changing.
Moscow (CNN) – A century of revolution and regime change has scarred the Moscow skyline, and left its people struggling to define their cultural identity.
The soviets systematically destroyed or gutted much of the old tsarist architecture, but after the fall of communism the new government gave orders for some key elements to be restored.
Since then, the trend of restoring Moscow’s pre-soviet heritage has taken root, and has captured the imagination of both architects and muscovites in general. CNN's Richard Quest explores huge restoration projects in some of Moscow’s most iconic buildings, including a rare look inside the Kremlin.
Moscow (CNN) – In the 20 years since the fall of communism, Moscow has become one of the most expensive cities in the world, and a haven for the super-rich.
It has the world's largest number of billionaires living in one city, according to Forbes magazine. But this culture of spend has created a major problem.
Moscow is pricing out its own people. Average salaries are just over $1000 a month, which is about the same as rent on a studio apartment. And since having a job can’t guarantee a comfortable life, the city’s unemployed are running out of hope. The bottom line: in Soviet Moscow, poverty was rife and the very rich had the spoils. In modern Moscow, the same applies.
London (CNN) – The Russian capital of Moscow is Europe's most populous city. More than 11 million people call Moscow home - bringing with them nearly four million cars.
As Moscow's population continues to rise, it's becoming clear the city has outgrown its infrastructure. The vast highways that cut through the center are so clogged with traffic that parts of Moscow are almost always at a standstill. Even the imposing metro system is not keeping up with demand.
The city authorities say there's just one option – expansion. Over the next 20 years they plan to more than double the capital's size, swallowing up a huge area to the south.
Roads and rail will be improved, and eventually government offices, universities, and hospitals will move out of the historic centre. This week's Future Cities explores urban planning on a truly vast scale, and what the people really think about it.
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