Jan Grade

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Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'

Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient.<p>The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is …

Equatorial Guinea

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

The bicycle makes sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time …

Copenhagen

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike?

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark’s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?<p>It’s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen’s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of …

High-vis, low-conflict: Kampala gets its first Critical Mass cycle ride

Uganda’s first ever Critical Mass is missing the air of protest normally found in Europe or the US. This may be for the best in a country where dissent is often quashed with rubber bullets and tear gas<p>“Do you know what is going on here today?” I ask Annette, the banana seller I’m buying a quick …

Africa

The daily commute: travel times to cities around the world – mapped

From Britain to China to Mali, new maps showing travel times to the nearest urban centre reveal huge differences between countries. Using Open Street Map and Google, a University of Oxford team have created a visual breakdown that suggests major inequalities when it comes to commuting

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind.<p>There’s a device called the Mosquito that emits an annoying sound at a very high frequency—so high that only young people can hear it. It’s marketed by its manufacturers as a means of …

Urban Design

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p><i>Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s</i> <i>Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry kit</i><i>.</i><p>In what’s being hailed as a “major breakthrough” in Maya archaeology, …

Archaeology

Why It's So Expensive to Build Urban Rail in the U.S.

It’s not just the Second Avenue Subway: Nearly all urban rail projects in the U.S. cost much more than their European counterparts.<p>In late December, <i>The New York Times</i> published a bombshell article by Brian Rosenthal about high construction costs on the New York City subway. Doing painstaking …

Urban Design

Australian government unveils open data framework for cities

The government has launched a database with innovation, digital opportunities, governance, infrastructure, investment, sustainability, jobs, skills, …

NYC analytics report calls for greater executive support for open data

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, with former Chief Analytics Officer Amen Ra Mashariki (NYC.gov)<p>An open data analysis of three city …

Interactive Pangaea Map With Modern International Borders

<i>Screenshot, see full interactive version below</i><p>One of our most popular maps is Pangaea With Current International Borders.<p>However, while it’s without …

Storks with unhealthy appetites: mapping how animals interact with cities

New technology allows us to map the movements of animals in stunning detail and show how urban areas are affecting them. Cities present opportunities to some but are a threat to many others. These seven maps – extracted from Where the Animals Go by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti – offer a glimpse …

Experimental City: The Sci-Fi Utopia That Never Was

With solar energy, recycling, computers, and personal mass transit, the 1960s-era Minnesota Experimental City was a prescient and hopeful vision of the urban future. A new documentary tells its story.<p>To forestall the continuing growth of cities as “cancerous organisms,” the Minnesota Experimental …

Political Science

Mapping Where Europe's Population Is Moving, Aging, and Finding Work

Younger people are fleeing rural areas, migrating northward, and having fewer children. Here’s how that’s changing the region.<p>Europe’s population is on the move, and a new report suggests exactly where and why.<p>Released last week by Eurostat, the statistical office of the E.U., this blockbuster …

Building 'Never Built New York'

How Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin turned a book with 200 years of unrealized architectural dreams for five boroughs into a museum show.<p>After the exhibition “Never Built Los Angeles”—an exploration of the city’s most compelling unrealized proposals—wrapped up in 2013, Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin decided …

'It's really shocking': UK cities refusing to reveal extent of pseudo-public space

City administrations in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and seven others decline to outline the spread of privately owned public areas, or their secret prohibitions – which may include protesting or taking photos<p>Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London<p>Many of …

If you want to upgrade your data analysis skills, which programming language should you learn?

For a growing number of people, data analysis is a central part of their job. Increased data availability, more powerful computing, and an emphasis on analytics-driven decision in business has made it a heyday for data science. According to a report from IBM, in 2015 there were 2.35 million …

Data Science

Epic Web Maps - The Maps Hall of Fame [Best Maps]

Is Elon Musk's plan for a road network beneath LA more than a pipe dream?

Cities attract wild ideas, from Qinhuangdao’s straddling bus to London’s bike lanes in the sky. As Musk’s Boring Company starts tunnelling, could his plans for underground roads and Hyperloop trains prove the doubters wrong?<p>In early August, the city council of Hawthorne, California, held a special …

Where is the world's most walkable city?

From New York’s cafe squares to Melbourne’s laneways to the walled Fes el Bali, these pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers<p>For decades the simple act of walking was largely overlooked by city …

Surveillance

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For the first time ever the City of Portland’s official bike map is available in an interactive online version.<p>This is great news for anyone who …

Richard Florida Is Sorry

Richard Florida, one of the most influential thinkers about cities in postwar America, wants you to know that he got almost everything about cities …

Urban Design

Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air

Cycling can be a huge part of the fight to tackle city air pollution. Tim Burns of Sustrans explains how their Active Travel Toolbox can help us get there<p>The government’s air quality plan may make our air more breathable in the long run but it fails to tackle some of the biggest issues facing …

Undercover police target London drivers who pass too close to cyclists

Drivers who fail to give cyclists enough space when overtaking will be pulled over, and officers will explain how to overtake cyclists safely<p>London’s police force has launched a new initiative to tackle drivers who pass cyclists too closely, using plain clothes officers.<p>From Friday, the Space for …

What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About Urban Change

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers takes a new approach to figure out why some neighborhoods improve while others decline.<p>Google Street View is like an urban time machine. In the 10 years since it launched, it has captured howneighborhoods have transformed over time—for the better or for worse. …

It Takes More Than Bollards to Build a Bike Paradise

How did the small Dutch city of Nijmegen conquer car traffic?<p>The urban design firm Copenhagenize recently released its biannual ranking of the world’s best bike cities. Copenhagen, Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Strasbourg top the list of usual suspects.<p>But some cycling capitals are less well known. Take …

One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles

YouTube

Amazing map of air traffic network

Everyday 100,000 airline flights take place around the world. This means that every second there is a plane taking off from one of 3,275 airports on …

Data Visualization

Amazing ''Ground Truth'' Technology behind every Google Map

Interesting technology for ground truthing the real world. Google is able to index the real world through computer image and object character …