Mikael Colville-Andersen in "Life-Sized City"

At the heart of every city is its citizens. Our perception of cities is slowly changing from a model of mathematical engineering to a human habitat where urban spaces have the potential to be healthy, attractive, interesting and efficient. In this six-part series, urban design expert Mikael Colville-Andersen explores the anatomy and vibrancy of the modern metropolis, highlighting pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world.

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Detroit and Windsor

The southwestern Ontario city of Windsor has always lived in the shadow of its big American neighbour, Detroit, only 3.6 kilometres away.

Montreal

Although Montreal could be described as half Paris, half Brooklyn, the most populated francophone city in North America has an identity all its own.

Medellín

Few places have been as successful as Medellín in tackling social problems head-on with urbanism, architecture and greening of the urban landscape.

Toronto

Mikael Colville-Andersen lands in Toronto to meet the urban heroes working to make Canada's largest city more livable.

Paris

Beyond the clichés of the Eiffel Tower, there is another Paris — one of solidarity, wittiness, and repurposing public space.