Lean Urbanism

By Bruce Fraser Donnelly | Lean Urbanism is a new movement for urbanism based on "Making Small Possible."

Young Architects Design and Build Iran's First Free-Form Brick Structure

Using an array of programs available for public use, a group of young architects called ADAPt have designed and realized a unique free-form brick …

Fabrication

The Lean Silver Bullet - Single-Crew Workplaces like the Rum & Bean

The Rum & Bean is doing what all the experts consider impossible: it’s a business in a new neighborhood that hasn’t yet closed on a single house, yet …

Cityscape

<i>Cityscape</i> is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …

U.S. Dept. of Housing

Lean Code Tool

We believe form-based codes are the most efficient, predictable, and elegant way to assure high levels of walkability and urbanism – even in more …

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

Models matter. Let’s design more streets like the streets we already love.<p>When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a traffic engineer, it seems, everything looks like a highway.<p>If traffic engineers did not control the design of so many of our public spaces, this might not …

Urban Design

The City of the Future Looks Like a Former Military Bunker in Taipei

For decades this status quo held, even as friction grew between the city government and the residents of Treasure Hill. Officials saw it as a …

A future of self-driving cars? We're ready now

Growing up in the 1980s, I got my driver's license at age 17 -- and I was just about the last one of my friends to do so. It was stressful, but after I passed the test I got an exultant feeling of liberation.<p>For many young people today, however, that's a rite of passage they'll never go through. Or …

L.A.'s Massive 'Crater' Shows Why Parking Is the Biggest Fight in Urban Planning

Back in November, a group of researchers compiled a huge amount of data about parking in Los Angeles. Before you brush that off as the most obtuse …

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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Learning more about Google's self-driving cars made me terrified to ever drive again

At a panel Google hosted to update the press on its progress, the company dished out some dazzling stats, like that its self-driving automobiles have traveled 1.2 million miles in full autonomy on public roads.<p>Pooling together all of the data from all of its cars, the software inside each one has …

Autonomous Cars

The $1 Pocket Microscope

The super-cheap Foldscope carries on a centuries-long tradition of simple, curiosity-enabling microscopes.<p>It took about six months for the jungle to kill Aaron Pomerantz’s microscope.<p>Pomerantz, an entomologist working with Rainforest Expeditions, had been doing fieldwork in the remote Tambopata …

Microscopy

Take These Jobs and… (You know the rest)

Cheerleaders for American business used to get peeved when cynics contorted a quote by General Motors CEO Charles Erwin Wilson in 1953. The popular, …

General Motors

Seoul's Flea Markets: Where Tech Goes To Die

We found amazing early 20th century technology buried in the alleyways of Seoul. Come take a walk with us.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

'I paid a £4 parking fee by text and got a £350 fine'

Paying for parking by text is on the increase, but this driver was threatened by bailiffs when one message failed to get through<p>A motorist let down by a pay-by-text parking ticket system was hounded for more than £350 after her £4.10 payment failed to go through.<p>Natalie Bynorth, a nurse, was left …

PLACE

The energy revolution that has 1 percenters shaking in their boots

<b>(Catching the Sun)</b><p>Director Shalini Kantayya talks to Salon about the incredible potential of solar power<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>June 21, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>When you hear about Richmond, California -- on the environmental beat, at least -- it's usually in the context of the Chevron oil refinery, one of the …

Royal Family

Don't get rid of the steering wheel just yet, Google

Motorists Have Concerns About Self-Driving Cars, Says University of Michigan Survey<p>Self-driving cars might dominate the roadways of tomorrow, but American motorists aren't ready for them today. A survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found drivers are concerned about riding …

Google will offer free internet to public housing residents in its Fiber markets

Google is about to make the Web easier to access for many people: it’ll offer free internet to public and affordable housing residents in its Fiber markets.<p>The move is part of the new federal ConnectHome project, announced today, which aims to bring the Web to 28 public housing communities across …

Modular Prototype Home Built in Only 45 Days

Time is money, one way or another and a big inconvenience when building a new house is the duration of the whole project. Modern building techniques …

Hankook iFlex airless tyres - now be used up to 130 km/h

What are two of the biggest headaches one can have when it comes to driving? The first would have to be a car breakdown, and the other, a punctured …

Dithyrambalina

We sat cross-legged on the cement floor of a warehouse in the Upper Ninth Ward, not far from the train tracks. We’d walked there, down a street with …

EXTREME WEATHER: China bets on 'sponge cities' to cope with flooding and drought

The concept of "sponge cities" became so popular in China that it caught the eye of no less than Chinese President Xi Jinping. In 2013, Xi called for …

Water

PLACE

Things We Do for Places We Love

The love debate continues unabated on several private listservs inhabited by some of the best and brightest architects and planners, but they’re …

The Hobbit

Streets Experiments Made This City Engineer a Celebrity Bureaucrat

Around 2 a.m., on a weeknight in early April 2013, two men hauled $350 worth of reflective plastic bollards down to a block of Cherry Street running …

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

<i>“Yes. Yes, we certainly can.”</i><p><i>“Seriously. We cannot find any more old warehouse buildings to renovate, and selling space in the central business</i> …