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The city of 2050

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050? Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 …

Geography

What if...you could design a city?

<b>As part of its project on the cities of the future, the BBC asked a series of experts to explain their vision of where they would like to live in the future.</b><p>With input from those who are planning new cities to people who are retro-fitting old ones and even a child's view of the future, we asked one …

Swimming Pools

Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and …

Sea Level

Innovation Earth: This Could Be 'The Future Of Urban Transportation'

The number of people living in cities is expected to double in the next 30 to 40 years. By 2050, seven out of every 10 people living on Earth will call themselves an urbanite. So how will we navigate the throng?<p>If the post-apocalyptic-esque air pollution in Beijing has taught us anything, it's that …

San Francisco

São Paulo Set to Unveil New Monorail Just in Time for the 2014 World Cup

São Paulo is currently testing trains for a brand new monorail system that is scheduled to open this March in time for the World Cup. The 17-mile …

São Paulo

Smart urban design for India’s sustainable future — TheCityFix

India faces a choice: It could either continue to build increasingly sprawling and inefficient cities or embrace well-designed and people-focused …

Smart Cities

University of Michigan Reports That Cars are the Most Inefficient Form of Transportation

You’d be mistaken for thinking that due to their size and power, commercial jets would be inefficient when it comes to fuel consumption. However, …

University of Michigan

Reprogramming the city: can urban innovation meet growing needs?

To unlock the full potential of our cities and solve pressing problems, we must reimagine the existing urban infrastructure, writes Scott Burnham<p>As urban populations swell, cities face the challenge of meeting their residents' growing needs sustainably. Urban centers – which together occupy just 2% …

Urban Design

This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

9 Inventive Ideas For Improving Cities

From parking sensors to home help for teachers, here are some of the latest and greatest ideas for making cities better.<p>Last summer, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner published a report identifying a series of creative ideas for improving cities. They’re now back with a follow-up study, …

Subway Maps Designed To Reflect A City’s Soul

Revised subway maps for New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo reveal more about a city than just the best way to get from point A to point B.<p>There’s a delicate art and sweet science to making a great subway map. The maps need to be geographically relatable, yet quick to visually process. Local charm, …

Framing

A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Courts Rule In Favor Of Honolulu Rail

Two federal court rulings Tuesday all but assured Honolulu’s $5.2 billion rail project will be built between East Kapolei and Ala Moana Center.<p>Not only did judges in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals find that the project complied with federal law, but the …

New Jersey Cities Hope to Launch New Regional Bike Share System

The cities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken in New Jersey are teaming up to launch a bike share system this summer that will offer 800 bikes, 50 …

New Jersey

Metro to accept $670-million grant for downtown rail connector

Local transportation officials Thursday are to accept a $670-million federal grant for a downtown rail project designed to seamlessly connect three of Los Angeles County's furthest-reaching light-rail lines.<p>When the Downtown Regional Connector opens, slated for 2020, the Metro Blue, Gold and Expo …

Rethinking Our Cities To Fight Obesity

Using urban planning to help fight obesity by putting people on a design-based diet that changes how they live and move.<p>Design can be preventive medicine. While the growth of girth–childhood obesity nearly tripling over the past 30 years–has numerous culprits, much of America’s built environment …

U.K. town to deploy driverless pods to replace busses

(Phys.org) —Milton Keynes, a town north of London, has announced that it will be deploying 100 driverless pods (officially known as ULTra PRT …

Rick Caruso explains why his 'Americana' outdoor mall model works

The Americana at Brand is an outdoor shopping center smack in the middle of Glendale. But walking around it almost feels like you're in another …

Paved Streets Near California's Venice Beach Were Once Canals

Secreted away from the hustle and bustle of the famous boardwalk, the picturesque canals of Venice, California, are one of the seaside community's …

Italy

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that’s just what Amsterdam’s water utility, …

Green Roofs

Cities where no one wants to drive

Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | 24/7 Wall St.<p>More than 9%25 of U.S. households did not have a car in 2012%2C report finds<br>• Northeast%3F Yep%2C it%27s well represented on the list<br>• Golden Gate city is No. 5<p>For many Americans, there's no escaping the stressful rush hour drive — but not for …

Zipcar, Uber And The Beginning Of Trouble For The Auto Industry

There’s a good chance if you’re a city dweller and a regular Zipcar user, you don’t own a car. And according to a new study from Alix Partners, you’re probably not alone. Had it not been for car-sharing services, automakers would have sold about 500,000 more new cars over the past decade. And Alix …

The Mayor of Los Angeles Would Like to Introduce You to the New L.A.

"I want to set some ground rules for what I think we all should do in L.A., which is to really resist cliché," stated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti …

Why Altruism Will Be Crucial To The Rise Of A Driverless City

The best traffic for everyone might not result in the fastest trip for you. Remarkably, people are on board for this.<p>Our driverless car future is supposed to bring fewer car accidents and fatalities, as well as the end of inexplicable, nonsensical traffic jams. But the ultimate payoff is bigger …

Abandoned Paris Metro Stations, Reborn as Nightclubs and Public Pools

In a city whose sewers attract tourists, it's no surprise that a mayoral candidate is proposing to turn abandoned subway stations into art galleries, …

Woes of Megacity Driving Signal Dawn of ‘Peak Car’ Era

The world that Henry Ford put on wheels is poised for a stall.<p>In the globe’s growing megacities, pollution and gridlock are putting a damper on …

L.A. Offers DIY Urban Design Kits

People St makes it way easier for community members to get a pedestrian plaza, mini park or bike parking approved.<p>Transforming formerly car-dominated public spaces into pedestrian- and bike-friendly parks and plazas is all the rage in urban design. These projects are typically instigated by folks …

Urban Design

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area<p>Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in …

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