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 …

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 …

Cities

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 …

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 …

Cities

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

The younger generation no longer feels as strong a need to be behind the wheel -- and phones have stolen some of cars' cachet.<p>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 …

Driverless Cars

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

Barcelona<p>Few cities in the world boast more delightful narrow, winding alleyways or secret, hidden squares than Barcelona. Here are the ones you …

Maui

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

I knew that Google's self-driving cars looked adorable, but the full scope of how dramatically their technology will change the world really hit me earlier this week.<p>At a panel Google hosted to update the press on its progress, the company dished out some dazzling stats, like that its self-driving …

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 …

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, …

Business Planning

Seoul's Flea Markets: Where Tech Goes To Die

Seoul's Flea Markets: Where Tech Goes To Die<p>Click To View Slideshow»<p>We found amazing early 20th century technology buried in the alleyways of Seoul. …

'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 …

Utrecht’s ‘money for nothing’ experiment

It pays to live in Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fourth-largest city. Maria Sanchez Diaz reports for <i>Quartz</i> that the metropolis of about 330,000 will …

The energy revolution that has 1 percenters shaking in their boots

Director Shalini Kantayya talks to Salon about the incredible potential of solar power<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 country’s biggest, that casts its long shadow over the city. …

Renewable Energy
Transportation

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 …

Housing

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 …

Six lessons from rebuilding Port-au-Prince

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of …

Urbanism

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 …

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 …

Urbanism

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> …