Mimi Kirk

Silver Spring Networks

Copenhagen's 'Smart' New Street Lamps Shine Brighter for Cyclists

The environmentally friendly lights can also dim at times to save energy.

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The Peculiar Inequality of Singapore's Famed Public Housing

Most residents of the city-state live in tidy, subsidized highrises. Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the foreign workers who helped build them.


Improving Cairo for the Many, Not the Few

The Tadamun project seeks to broaden the discussion about Cairo's future.

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Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.

Amy Dunckel-Graglia

The Gray Area in 'Pink' Transportation

Women-only taxis and buses can help female travelers feel safer. But are they also delaying gender equality?


How Singapore Got Hooked on the Internet of Public Shame

One of the city-state's biggest websites allows users to upload photos and videos of 'bad' behavior.

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In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable

A paltry 15 percent of the city-state's population owns their own vehicle, but not by choice.


Green Architecture Confronts Elitism in Abu Dhabi

Might there be hope of more affordable "eco homes" in the future?

Mimi Kirk

Can This Building Complex Solve Dubai's Affordable Housing Crisis?

The International City was supposed to relieve the economic pressures faced by the middle class. Instead there's been nothing but problems.

Mimi Kirk

Saying Goodbye to One of Singapore's Last Historic Cemeteries

Amid rare opposition, the land-scarce city-state prepares to build a highway through Bukit Brown.

Mimi Kirk

Singapore Reinvests in its Famed Food Hawker Centers

It's been 26 years since the last hawker center was built, but the city-state still sees social value in their enterprise