Culture Briefing


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

How to Overcome Political Irrationality about Facts

The Atlantic

Khazan explains the phenomenon of “politically motivated reasoning,” which can cause us to abandon reasoning altogether.

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The Complex Relationship Between Data and Cities


Well-known urbanist Richard Florida helpfully sorts the multiple uses of big data in cities, showing the new possibilities available to policymakers.

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Indicator Explorer

Thriving Cities

This newly launched web app is a powerful tool for visualizing which measurements of a community’s health are backed by the strongest academic research.

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