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Hyperloop One proposes London to Edinburgh trip in 50 minutes

Three UK routes are being considered for Europe's first Hyperloop, the high-speed transport technology backed by Tesla boss Elon Musk.<p>Routes from London to Edinburgh, Liverpool to Glasgow, and Cardiff to Glasgow have all been shortlisted by Hyperloop One, one of several companies competing to make …

In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving

Two years ago, Kansas repealed a law requiring that 20 percent of the state’s electric power come from renewable sources by 2020, seemingly a step backward on energy in a deeply conservative state.<p>Yet by the time the law was scrapped, it had become largely irrelevant. Kansas blew past that 20 …

Renewable Energy

Thailand pushes public-private partnerships to build smart cities

Faced with daunting costs for urban technology upgrades, the government of Thailand is actively fostering private smart city partnerships.<p>Singapore’s e27 News examined Thailand’s recent prioritization of private smart city partnerships.<p>Under a government plan to accelerate smart cities around the …

Smart Cities

How to ride the last remaining sleeper trains

Is there a rail traveller alive who doesn’t love the romance of a night train? The very idea of gliding out of one great European city in the warm glow of an evening to wake up in the cool morning light of another is, even in the prosaic surroundings of modern standard sleeper berths, simply …

Trains

New York’s New Design For Public Housing Guidelines Point It Toward The Future

When the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) released its first-ever design guidelines for the rehabilitation of its buildings, the fences were …

New York City

Want to reduce the energy used by buildings? Make cities denser.

It’s just as important as efficiency.<p>For many years, urbanists have been singing the praises of urban density. Done well, density can increase economic output, increase per capita productivity, increase disposable income (by reducing heating, cooling, and transportation costs), and improve physical …

American Cars in Japan: Lost in Translation

Donald Trump says Japan makes it impossible to sell American cars. It’s just that few people want them.<p>TOKYO—One thing hasn’t changed since the 1980s when Donald Trump started criticizing Japan over trade: Japanese consumers still buy hardly any American cars.<p>Days into his term as president, Mr. …

Donald Trump

Perfecting public transportation: 10 U.S. cities with progressive plans

Moving forward on moving their citizens, from expanded light rail to better bike share systems<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Property Lines</i><i>, a column by Curbed senior reporter Patrick Sisson that spotlights real estate trends and hot housing markets across the country. Comments, tips, and suggestions on where</i> …

Mapping The Collective Experience Of A City

Designers capture the more subjective qualities of a city by charting Instagram hashtags.<p>City maps are handy for negotiating streets and subway stops, but they tell us little about the character of a place and how people use it.<p>Parisians are more fond of cultural landmarks than food.<p>To capture the …

The U.S. Is Getting a Really Bad Deal on Infrastructure

“New York is about building the tallest building and then coming back and building a taller building,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo intoned in late December at …

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

A new flapping wind turbine from Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, scientists have been limited …

Singapore-made solar panel more efficient, works even if partially shaded

Local solar firm REC Solar believes it has found a possible solution to tackle Singapore's lack of space for solar panels. It said its new panel can …

These Cities Are Setting the Standard for Clean Energy Worldwide

The Green City<p>Some of you might have heard of Burlington, Vermont. It’s a relatively small city that borders Lake Champlain on the state’s western …

DC’s metro system keeps trolling Trump for his poor inauguration attendance

It keeps pointing out on Twitter how bad attendance was for Trump’s event — and how good it is for the Women’s March on Washington.<p>Washington, DC’s metro system, WMATA, just keeps throwing shade on President Donald Trump’s poor inauguration attendance.<p>Here are WMATA’s latest tweets from Saturday — …

See Central Subway’s progress with these incredible photos

Here’s what happening beneath our streets<p>In February, it will be seven years since the city broke ground on the Central Subway, a massive (and massively expensive) north-south extension of the T-Third Street Muni line that will eventually terminate at Chinatown.<p>The project is scheduled to finish by …

Barcelona’s Car-Taming ‘Superblocks’ Meet Resistance

The plan to ban through traffic from much of the city could still be a game-changing model.<p>Barcelona’s plans to slash car traffic may be some of the most innovative in the world, but right now their introduction isn’t going all that smoothly. Since last year, the city has been introducing so-called …

Roads

This 750-Mile Trail Could Create A Bike Path Across New York State

Though not expected to be completed until 2020, the Empire State Trail would radically expand sustainable transit routes across New York. Stretching …

Urban Design

Phase 3 of world's largest solar park slated to begin this month

Work on the world’s largest solar park is set to move forward this month. Phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will add …

A Green Light for Denver's Controversial Highway

The FHWA’s decision on ‘Central 70’ came on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, which is surely no coincidence.<p>The highway project splitting Denver apart is officially moving forward.<p>On Thursday, the Federal Highway Administration issued its record of decision on “Central 70,” a …

Donald Trump

UK looks for HS2 train-builder

<b>The search for a company to take on the £2.75bn contract to build high speed trains for the HS2 rail network got underway on Friday.</b><p>The Department for Transport said up to 60 trains, capable of speeds of about 225mph, were needed.<p>The contract, which will also involve maintaining the fleet, will be …

Trains

Get Ready for the Southeast Asian Infrastructure Boom

Manila’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Indonesia’s PT Krakatau Steel and Airports of Thailand Pcl are among the top investor picks as Southeast …

Asia

South Korea unveils plan for near-supersonic hyper-tube train

Transportation that moves close to the speed of sound could be a reality in South Korea before too long. The country’s government-run Korea Railroad …

Compare cities with this attractive city-comparing tool

City-compare does exactly as its name suggests: select two U.S. cities and it will display various charts and statistics by way of comparison, all …

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up.

A conversation on the future of the power sector.<p>Electric utilities increasingly find themselves at war with their own customers. Homeowners and commercial building owners have all sorts of new choices for how to generate, store, and manage their own electricity — solar panels, home batteries, …

New Silk Road? 1st China-London freight train arrives

LONDON (AP) — The first direct freight train service from China to Britain arrived in London Wednesday, another leg in Beijing's plans for closer …

Silk Road

How a design competition changed the US approach to disaster response

Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition – and now its own organisation – based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?<p>Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan …

Climate

How Clean Energy Can Revolutionise Our Economies - 52 Insights

Given my job as a futurologist a lot of fearful, liberally minded types have been asking me what I think about the future in light of the new US …

Finally, Uber Releases Data to Help Cities With Transit Planning

But it’s not the highly coveted numbers cities need. How helpful is the company’s new data tool?<p>Uber has long had a somewhat rocky relationship with cities, from its most recent public spat with San Francisco authorities over testing autonomous vehicles to its feud with New York City planners over …

Urban Design

In urban America, transit consensus is stronger than ever

We have no idea what a Trump administration will mean for cities. Given the conflicting promises Trump made as a candidate, such as boosting …

Feds stick with East West Link in Melbourne infrastructure vision

Mr Hunt said the plan was "a good-faith open invitation to sit down with the premier".<p>He said he consulted with Mr Guy on the plan, which also …