Future Cities

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

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 - BBC News

The city that<br>won't stop growing<p>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 …

Cities

If You Care About Cities, Apple's New Headquarters 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, …

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

You must enable JavaScript to play content<p>The discovery of North Sea oil promised a prosperous future for Scotland. As rigs began to appear off the north east coast of Scotland, similar attempts were made off in Argyll and Bute.<p>Polphail’s natural, sheltered harbour combined with available land made …

Scotland

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 …

Cities

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

Living in space has been a science fiction fantasy ever since people looked up into the stars. The Analemma Tower brings that dream to life<p>New …

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 …

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 …

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 …

China

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

WASHINGTON—Straightening his synthetic wig before casually approaching a nearby lunch table, a disguised Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly set …

Palimpsest is bringing the ghosts of demolished buildings back to life

Palimpsest uses 3D scanning to create virtual records of demolished buildings<p>When three architecture researchers discovered that their London studio …

‘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

Each circle on the map represents the potential number of crimes in the area that are expected to take place in 2017<p>Dataiku<p>Every time police across …

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 …

Urban Design

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 …

Cities

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 …

Augmented Reality

Europe's most liveable city? The secret of Odense's post-industrial revolution

Denmark’s third-largest city has transformed its prospects by making itself a desirable place to live and invest. At the heart of this change is an extraordinary commitment to getting the whole city cycling<p>The huge, wooden scale model of Odense, inside a temporary information centre opposite the …

Cities

Cash for cycling: polluted Milan might pay commuters to bike to work

With its serious pollution problem and notorious driving styles, Milan is hardly renowned as a cycle-friendly city – but a radical new scheme aims to change that<p>Famed for Vespas, Fiat 500s and a somewhat erratic driving style, Italy is not a land known for a thriving urban cycling culture. While …

Cycling

This City Wants to Pay Commuters to Bike to Work

Aimed at reducing pollution, improving health.<p>Want to reduce automobile-related pollution? Try giving people money if they bike instead of driving to …

Cycling

Life after death? Resurrecting a modern ruin

<b>About 20 miles west of Glasgow lies a modern ruin. St Peter's Seminary was built only 50 years ago, yet by the 1990s it was derelict. However, plans to breathe new life into the building are now close to being realised.</b><p>The concrete ghost is hidden in woods on the north side of the River Clyde - the …

Christianity

DDoS attack on Finnish automated buildings disabled heating controls

When the heat goes out during Finnish winter, it's a matter of life and death, so when two automated buildings controlled by Valtia systems suffered …

Pittsburgh has finally realized it’s in a toxic relationship with Uber

The honeymoon is over for Uber and Pittsburgh. After bending over backward to accommodate the ride-sharing company’s driverless car ambitions, city officials are tired of being taken for granted.<p>“We’ve held up our end of the bargain,” Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto said last week, “but we haven’t …

Uber

Augmented reality "will change the way architects work" says Greg Lynn

<b>Venice Architecture Biennale 2016:</b> augmented reality will revolutionise the architecture and construction industries according to architect Greg …

Augmented Reality

Britain has enough land to solve the housing crisis – it's just being hoarded

Developers are sitting on land without building anything, then selling it on for profit – a vicious cycle that can make it impossible to create affordable homes. What can be done to stop this speculative feeding frenzy?<p>“Buy land,” said Mark Twain. “They’re not making it any more.”<p>“Then once you’ve …