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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Copenhagen

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

Milan

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

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.