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Building Smart Cities

Can IoT transform urban environments into efficient, interactive smart cities? Yes—as long as governments put the right infrastructure in place.<p>With populations growing faster than their public infrastructure can handle, many cities are getting smart about how they support their citizens. They’re …

Smart Cities

Harvard's Popular Free Online Architecture Course Returns for 2018

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s popular free online course, <i>The Architectural Imagination</i>, has returned for 2018, again offering anyone across …

Harvard

The Lives of 10 Famous Painters, Visualized as Minimalist Infographic Biographies

Pollock, Dalí, Matisse, Klimt, Picasso, Mondrian, Klee, Boccioni, Kandinsky, and Miro, visually distilled.<p>For their latest masterpiece, my friend Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who have previously given us such gems as a timeline of the future based on famous fiction, a visualization of …

The humble curb is fast becoming the city’s hottest asset

In the city of the future, the ability to get people from point A to point B will be as much about the vehicle as it will be about the curb. Most experts estimate that an average of 30% of the traffic in busy urban areas can be accounted for by vehicles searching for places along the curb to pull …

Smart Cities

Britain rejected the EU, and the EU is loving its new life

Brussels, Belgium<p>The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, people were weeping in the European Commission’s headquarters. The city of Brussels, the EU’s capital, spent weeks in a state of shock and anxiety. But 18 months on, the city seems cheerier than ever.<p>“The wind is back in …

Europe

This free science fiction anthology is all about the future of space exploration

It comes with a fantastic lineup of authors<p>There’s been a growing movement within the science fiction community to imagine the future as something other than a dreary dystopia. That’s what Arizona State University is doing with a new digital anthology called <i>Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A</i> …

The Future Of The New York Region Lies In Rethinking Government Itself

After years of research, a new regional plan lays out a radical new proposal for shaping the region in the coming decades.<p>America the late 1920s was in flux. As the Regional Plan Association explains, coastal cities like like New York were growing rapidly. Transit technology was changing how people …

I've been coaching execs for 25 years, and the same 6 habits keep coming up in the best leaders

Over the past 25 years, I've coached a mix of executives in for profit and not-for-profit companies like Kellogg's, Monsanto, SoCalGas, Newark City Government, The United Way, IBM, and AT&T. I've been in board rooms with people fretting about decreases in market share, swirling about regulatory …

Leadership

The Next User You Design For Won’t Be A Human

Welcome to the age of Centaur Design.<p>The era of human-centered design is coming to an end. That’s because the next user you design for won’t be human at all. It will be a human-machine hybrid built to do more than any person or computer could accomplish alone. Welcome to the age of Centaur …

Artificial Intelligence

An idiot’s guide to futuristic smart cities under development

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what<p>Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been obsessing about in films for years.<p>Smart city …

The Rise of the Machines

AMONG THE MANY EMERGING TRENDS IN THE technology sector, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to be one of the most significant over the coming years. AI refers to the ability of machines to perform tasks that would typically be associated with human cognition such as responding to …

How Strava, The App For Athletes, Became An App For Cities

Strava built a popular social network for millions of runners and cyclists. But more than 100 cities and states are quietly working with the app, too.<p>Every 40 days, a million people join Strava. It’s a staggering number for a niche social network aimed at athletes–but then again, Strava came along …

Rereading Jane Jacobs: 10 Lessons for the 21st Century from "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "10 Lessons Learned by Rereading Jane Jacobs."</i><p>Last week I was in the middle of packing and …

Science Is Proving Why Urban Design Matters More Than Ever

Benches and greenery may seem inconsequential, but a new study quantifies how deeply they impact the civic life of a city.<p>It’s easy to make our cities attractive. Plant a few flowers, pick up litter, put up a sculpture or two. But cosmetic improvements don’t necessarily translate to meaningful …

Where

There aren’t many houses like this: the short list begins with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and continues through Sir John Soane’s 1812-1813 house …

An illustrated guide to Frank Lloyd Wright

Get to know the architect’s signature buildings<p>Believer in suburban utopia. Father of organic architecture. Doghouse designer. Cape-wearing dandy. Purported target of grave-robbing. Bootlegging apprentice. Speed demon. Homewrecker. Survivor. Attention-hungry celebrity. Mystery guest. Teacher. …

How to get conversational UI right

With the rise of AI, voice, and more generally language-driven technologies — like chatbots, Siri, and Amazon Echo — conversational user interfaces (CUI) have a chance of becoming the next major technology platform after mobile.<p>The field of conversational UI holds a lot of promise in terms of how …

Automation

Why the Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses Battle Still Matters

A Q&A with Matt Tyrnauer, director of <i>Citizen Jane: Battle For The City</i>.<p>Jane Jacobs moved to Toronto in 1968 after being arrested during her ultimately successful battle against Robert Moses and his plans for a Lower Manhattan Expressway. In her new city, where she stayed until her death in 2006, …

21 bot experts make their predictions for 2017

2016 was a huge year for bots, with major platforms like Facebook launching bots for Messenger, and Amazon and Google heavily pushing their digital assistants. Looking forward to 2017, we asked 21 bot experts, entrepreneurs, and executives to share their predictions for how bots will continue to …

Chatbots

14 apps every modern gentleman should have on his phone

But it could also be so much more than that, if only you have the proper tools in your utility belt.<p>We've put together a list of the most useful apps every modern gentleman should have on his phone.<p>From showing you how to cook to telling you how to survive in the event of a snakebite, these apps …

Apps

Magic Calendar by Kosho Tsuboi Connects Paper With Your Phone

Product designer Kosho Tsuboi once lived in a zen monastery temple. In the process, the young graduate became more profoundly aware of the relevance …

eReaders

Announcing the All-New Flipboard, the Place for All Your Passions

Most people are interested in lots of things, but true passions run deep. The all-new Flipboard is built around those obsessions that define your work, life and play.Flipboard 4.0 is a response to our ever-growing ecosystem of publishers, Flipboard Magazines, topics and more. With over 30 million …

InterAct

The Innovation of Gerhard Richter

Celebrated contemporary painter, Gerhard Richter, has been called by some “the world’s greatest living painter.” This prestigious title is awarded …

Art

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Software

Mies van der Rohe and the Farnsworth House will get the Hollywood treatment

Jeff Bridges will play the architect, and Maggie Gyllenhaal his famous client Dr. Edith Farnsworth<p>Word on the street that is that actors Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal are teaming up again to form another dream-team—depending on how you look at it, that is. The pair last starred in 2009’s <i>Crazy</i> …

Turn Your Local Streets Into A Map That Reveals The Character Of Your Neighborhood

Seen side by side, it isn’t hard to guess which of two tiny street maps depicts part of Portland, Oregon, and which shows the sprawl of car-centric Irvine, California.<p>A new data visualization tool takes a square-mile snapshot of any city and converts it into a simple graphic diagram that can be …

Urban Design

10 Brilliant Tiny Houses that are Revolutionizing Micro-Living

Inspired by the increasingly popular micro house trend, these 10 project designs came about for various reasons. In addition to being a cheaper …

Architecture

How a group of Croatian filmmakers are making a Blade Runner fan film

The project is coming soon to Kickstarter<p>We are cautiously optimistic for October’s <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction film. While we wait, a trailer for a <i>Blade Runner</i> fan film from a group of Croatian filmmakers is just the thing to tide us over.<p><i>Slice of Life</i> …

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

The guidelines aim to integrate the New York City Housing Authority’s buildings with the larger community and lessen their environmental impact.<p>On a walk through one of New York City’s 328 public housing developments, one could expect to encounter a lot of fences. Green spaces are cordoned off by …

Sustainability

Dear Angelica might be the most beautiful virtual reality I’ve ever seen

Oculus Story Studio was assembled to be at the vanguard of virtual reality entertainment, experimenting with a form that’s still in its infancy. But it hadn’t really earned that title until now, with the Sundance premiere of <i>Dear Angelica</i><i>.</i> Despite a running time under 15 minutes, <i>Dear Angelica</i> is a …