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Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

Feds delay $650M grant for CA rail electrification project

February 21, 2017 by Construction Dive

California commuter rail agency Caltrain will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if the Federal Transit Administration will come through with a $647 million grant to help it electrify a San Francisco Bay Area train system[read more]

How Much Energy Did Super Bowl LI Use? The Answer May Surprise You

February 17, 2017 by Brooke Nally

Everything’s bigger in Texas. So given that the Super Bowl is already one of the biggest nights in sports, this year’s Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, is sure to be one to remember for football fans across the nation. And while the Super Bowl event does use up a lot of energy with its enormous stadium, electrifying...[read more]

Urban Lessons from Hong Kong and Tokyo

February 7, 2017 by Timo Hamalainen

One of the best things is strolling across cities around the world. They’re all different, yet remarkably similar. It’s the perfect opportunity for reflecting how your own city or cities compare. Two places I’ve recently had the pleasure of exploring are Hong Kong and Tokyo.These Far East mega-cities may seem an odd couple at first, but...[read more]

Louisville, KY brings the smart city into the smart home

January 27, 2017 by Construction Dive

The city of Louisville, KY, is working with local developer groups to connect web-enabled home devices with city information systems.[read more]

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Trento, Italy: a Renaissance city imagines its future

January 27, 2017 by IEEE Standards Association

A global trend towards urbanization is placing increased emphasis on making the world’s cities more livable. Diverse efforts are underway to accomplish this goal, including the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This article is a summary of the smart city developments in the city of Trento, Italy.[read more]

Infrastructure as Permaculture

January 20, 2017 by Tyler Caine

The majority of the developed, American landscape has been crafted around automotive transport. As auto technology matured, increasing amounts of resources and area have been devoted to expanding and solidifying our road network. The result has often been environments that are built for a monoculture of cars and their passengers rather...[read more]

A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

How Data Can Change The Way Our Cities Operate

January 11, 2017 by Daniel Malak

 We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in traffic, even going out of the way to avoid peak transit times and impacted areas. Instead of walking or driving longer distances, we ask a bigger question– can cities do anything to change their traffic problems?The simple answer is yes, and here’s how:Identify what kind of...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

Fresh Ideas for Infrastructure

December 16, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh / The Washington PostWith President-elect Trump coming into office vowing to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure, many cities and states see a potential bonanza for high-speed rail development, bridge and highway repair, and, hopefully, urban transportation networks. As former Pennsylvania governor Ed...[read more]