Future Cities

By Kosmograd | Augmented landscapes, urban infrastructures, civic transformations, built environments

Why does Alphabet want to build a city? To get more data, of course

Most people would probably draw a blank when asked to explain the phrase "building a city from the internet up". But get used to the idea, because …

La città d’acciaio. Mosca costruttivista 1917-1937 – 120g

<i>Federico Mara e Filippo Rossi</i><p>Lo sviluppo vertiginoso che ha interessato la Russia nei primi decenni del ventesimo secolo ha visto fiorire numerose …

Peter Jackson's next epic turns London into a roaming killer city

"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea." …

Science Fiction

A Toxic, Closed-Off City on the Edge of the World

Every day for two years, filmmaker Victoria Fiore tried to gain access to a toxic, closed city in Siberia with no ground transportation connections to the rest of the world. Located nearly 250 miles north of the polar circle, Norilsk is home to 177,000 people, many of whom are employed by the …

Siberia

Make Bristol Shit Again

My hometown is becoming an extension of London, and losing its crappy edge.<p>Every time I return to Bristol it feels like I've dragged more of London back with me. Pop-up bars in shipping containers are spreading like moss. The network of underpasses in town, which used to be haunted by a piss-stench …

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard<p>They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has …

Cheesed off: Amsterdam to curb tourist shops amid visitor influx

New outlets largely catering to visitors, such as bike rentals, will be banned from the city’s historic centre<p>Amsterdam is banning new shops targeting tourists in the city’s historic centre in the latest attempt to reclaim it for residents.<p>The city government announced on Thursday that ticket …

Europe

Why is London's air so toxic?

Take a deep breath, London.<p>A startling recent report revealed that every single area of London exceeds the guidelines for a dangerous type of air …

Environment

Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You

Let’s skip the nationwide bidding war and cut right to the winner.

Amazon

Amazon Plans Second Headquarters, Opening a Bidding War Among Cities

SEATTLE — Wanted: A place with a million people, a diverse population, good schools and malleable lawmakers. Room to accommodate up to 50,000 workers. Canadian provinces also welcome to apply.<p>Amazon took the unusual step on Thursday of announcing it wants a second home outside Seattle, starting …

Cities

The city that won't stop growing

How can Lagos cope with its spiralling population?<p>By Alastair Leithead<br>21 August 2017<p>The lagoon metropolis<p>A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.<p>This man-made mist that clings to the rusted shack rooftops …

Lagos State

If You Care About Cities, Apple's New Campus Sucks

The new headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino has the absolute best door handles. The greatest! They are, as my colleague Steven Levy writes, …

Silicon Valley

BBC - BBC Scotland - The ‘ghost village’ of Polphail

The Retail Apocalypse Is Suburban

One by one, the problems that America has long dismissed as “urban” have marched into the suburbs: crime, poverty, hunger, deindustrialization, drug …

Urban Design

Space-scraper: this high-rise hangs from an asteroid, suspended in Earth's atmosphere

New York-based Clouds Architecture Office has a history of developing complex and imaginative buildings. But it might have just surpassed itself with …

Midtown Manhattan

Tomorrow's cities: Are your shoes giving away data?

<b>Shops and retailers are taking over where street cameras left off, watching shoppers' every move.</b><p>According to a 2015 survey of 150 retail executives from IT services firm Computer Services Corporation, a quarter of all British shops and 59% of fashion retailers use facial recognition software.<p>Such …

Cities

Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

The observation deck won’t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the …

L'Oréal

A City Is Not a Computer

“What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few …

Cities

My village didn't even have a traffic light. Now it has 1.4 million people

When author Xiaolu Guo was a child in the 1980s, her village was a remote farming settlement. Now, like hundreds of others across China, it has become a metropolis with four-lane roads, a cancer epidemic … and even a new language<p>点击这里,阅读本文中文版 The other China week: what it is and how you can be …

City Planner Gets Halfway Through Designing City Before Realizing He’s Just Doing Philadelphia Again

Palimpsest is bringing the ghosts of demolished buildings back to life

When three architecture researchers discovered that their London studio was going to be steamrolled - alongside several buildings nearby - to make …

Cities

‘Notopia is a disease that prevents the creation of a self-sustaining socioeconomic human ecosystem’

Notopia is not only how a city looks. It may be found even in an attractive metropolis, densely packed with fine buildings old and new, replete with …

The Worlds Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

This month, in the city of Xiamen, China's first elevated cycling path was inaugurated. At nearly 8 kilometers long, the structure is now the world's …

Cycling

This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen

Every time police across the UK attend an incident or make an arrest, it is logged. This information is stored online and the largest force in the …

Freedom of Information

The American suburbs as we know them are dying

Look no further than the suburbs to see how American ideals of success are transforming.<p>People in US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes.<p>Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains that fed shoppers …

What Should Cities Make?

President Trump is gung-ho about the U.S. producing more goods. But what, exactly, should cities be making in the 21st century?<p>When President Donald Trump announced his Manufacturing Jobs Initiative last month, he was moving forward on a promise he made over and over during his campaign: to make …

Audi Urban Future Initiative - Augmented Reality Table Map on CES2014

The goal of cartographer is to create a spatio-temporal model of a certain phenomena and communicate it to the public in the most effective way. For …

Augmented Urban Reality

In their book “The Intellectual Versus the City,” published in 1962, Morton and Lucia White pointed out that from Thomas Jefferson to Ralph Waldo Emerson to Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s brainiac class has generally regarded cities with fear and distaste. Here was one instance at least in which …

Cities

"Augmented reality heralds the abolition of architectural practice as we know it"

Augmented reality could lead to a dystopian world where everyone is trapped by their own views. It's up to architects to set them free, argues Owen …