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Preview: 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.

"Life-Sized City" airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on KCET.

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Few modern cities evoke as much division as Tel Aviv, with its reputation as a laid-back party town in a hotbed of conflict and turmoil.


Modern Tokyo is a fascinating urban mystery. The largest urban agglomeration in the world, it is home to 38 million people.


Is Denmark's capital the ultimate life-sized city? Urban design expert Mikael Colville-Andersen explores his own city.

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Bangkok's future seems paralyzed by political upheaval, but social instability hasn't undermined the locals' fierce will to better their city.

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Cape Town

South Africa's Cape Town makes headlines for its beauty and laidback lifestyle, but traces of a dark past still linger.


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

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

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Once considered the bland financial capital of Italy, Milan is proving its capacity to redefine itself as a multicultural hub.

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

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Mexico City

Mexico City is the largest city in the Western hemisphere but many still see this megalopolis as a village — or as a patchwork of many villages.

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.

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

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