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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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.

Bangkok

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