Future Cities

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

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>I grew up in a semi-tropical southern village, and that village grew …

China

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

WASHINGTON—Seeking to open his mind to new possibilities for overhauling the U.S. healthcare system, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) …

Humor

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 was going to be steamrolled - alongside several buildings nearby - to make room for the new High Speed 2 (HS2) railway, they turned to virtual …

Virtual Reality

‘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 …

Freedom of Movement

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 UK attend an incident or make an arrest, it is logged. This information is stored online and the largest force in the country, London's …

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 …

Urban Planning

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 …

Manufacturing

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 …

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 …

Urban Planning

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 …

Scotland

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 …

Cybersecurity

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 …

Housing

​Tinder for cities: how tech is making urban planning more inclusive

Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive<p>Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed …

Urban Planning

Mapping The Collective Experience Of A City

Designers capture the more subjective qualities of a city by charting Instagram hashtags.<p>City maps are handy for negotiating streets and subway stops, but they tell us little about the character of a place and how people use it.<p>Parisians are more fond of cultural landmarks than food.<p>To capture the …

Story of cities #34: the struggle for the soul of Milton Keynes

Despite decades of mockery, the city’s modernist buildings and wide boulevards are now hailed as visionary. But as developers move in, could there be trouble in this urban paradise?<p>When the architects designing the centre of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s discovered its main street almost …

Urban Design

THE BEST PRIME REAL ESTATE IN WEST AFRICA

Lagos living: Solving Nigeria's megacity housing crisis

<b>Nigeria's largest city Lagos is facing a housing crisis. The BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are trying to solve the crisis.</b><p>Affordable housing is a considerable challenge for urban areas with large populations, and this is particularly prevalent in the Nigeria's city of Lagos.<p>More …

Housing

You’ve never seen South Africa like this before

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South Africa

The End of Traffic

<b>Increasing American Prosperity and Quality of Life</b><p>By John Zimmer and Logan Green, Lyft Co-Founders<p>2017 marks the tenth year the two of us have worked …

Cities

California Floods Its Fields to Keep Its Cities From Flooding

To see how close California is to being drowned by its recent winter storms, just look to the small crowd of spectators and TV newscasters gathered …

Water