Kenneth Trueman

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The Hallidie Building and how the curtain wall was born

“Many architecture historians consider it groundbreaking, some calling it the most important modern building in San Francisco”<p>Certain buildings or certain blocks of San Francisco streets have a way of standing out to the architectural observer because they don’t quite fit with the eras of design we …

Welcome to the Neighborhood: America’s Sports Stadiums Are Moving Downtown

SACRAMENTO — Hours before the Sacramento Kings played their N.B.A. home opener in October, Vivek Ranadivé stood on the balcony of the team’s new fourth-floor office at the $1 billion Downtown Commons. He watched hoops fans stream into the year-old Golden 1 Center. He smiled at guests swimming in …

Urban Design

The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities

Patrick Sharkey, author of <i>Uneasy Peace</i>, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.<p>Two of the most remarkable trends in recent years have been the tremendous decline in violent crime and the comeback of once downtrodden and written-off cities. In his new book,</i> …

Unbuilt cities: the outrageous highway schemes left as roads to nowhere

The postwar passion for highway construction saw cities around the world carved up in the name of progress. But as communities fought back many schemes were abandoned – their half-built traces showing what might have been<p>Of all the mistakes made by city planners in the postwar era, the passion for …

Urbanism

The Case for the Subway

Long before it became an archaic, filthy, profligate symbol of everything wrong with our broken cities, New York’s subway was a marvel — a mad feat of engineering and an audacious gamble on a preposterously ambitious vision. “The effect it is to have on the city of New York is something larger than …

Urban Design

The Great Retail Retrofit

The “retail apocalypse” affords a unique opportunity to turn retail stores and malls into more productive community spaces.<p>In late October of this year, the office-sharing startup WeWork announced that it was buying Lord & Taylor’s flagship store in New York City. Coming as this did in the wake of …

Cognitive Linguistics

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Cognitive linguistics is a cluster of overlapping approaches to the study of language as a mental …

Linguistics

‘50 urban blocks’ offers inspiration for stumped city designers

Lay ‘em out, pin ‘em up<p>Sure, there are oodles of architecture-themed playing cards, holiday cards, and even “Cards Against Urbanity.” But here’s a new, more productive deck from a+t Architecture Publishers: 50 Urban Blocks. The pack of 50 cards was created as a simple tool in the process of …

Cheese

Bangalore, before the dystopia: The birth, life, and death of India’s most liveable city

An old friend and I met up one afternoon this May.<p>She had changed. Many times over. For good or for bad, I am not to judge, but I didn’t like what I saw.<p>We have known each other since 1980, the year I was born. So, despite long periods of separation, I perk up every time she is mentioned. …

India

The surprising benefits of anxiety

“Anxiety can just as well express itself in muteness as with a scream,” wrote existential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in 1844.<p>While Kierkegaard spent much of his work analyzing the agonizing nature of anxiety, he did not think that it was an emotional state to be avoided. Instead, the philosopher …

Mental Health

In defeating Measure S, did LA vote for denser, taller buildings?

It’s more about the way we move<p>The sound defeat of Measure S by a more than 2-to-1 margin signifies that Angelenos don’t want the slowed-growth LA proposed by the ballot measure. But it’s also not a starter pistol to commence building the supertall LA of <i>Her</i><i>.</i> Rather it affirms a deeper, stronger, …

Will Americans submit to despotism in an urge to “escape from freedom”? Erich Fromm saw it coming

Pioneering psychologist Erich Fromm explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now<p>President Donald Trump took his rancorous feud with the press to a frightening new level last week when he posted an inflammatory tweet that echoed tyrants of the past, calling the …

Political Science

I was a stressed-out workaholic. Then I realized that one fear was at the root of my problems

When I was 34, I decided to start seeing a life coach. I had a good career in finance, but I knew I wanted to make a change—and I thought it would help to sort through professional options with a neutral third party.<p>Years later, my coach and I laugh about our first encounter. The first thing I said …

Pulitzer Prize

Machine learning could finally crack the 4,000-year-old Indus script

After a century of failing to crack an ancient script, linguists turn to machines<p>In 1872 a British general named Alexander Cunningham, excavating an area in what was then British-controlled northern India, came across something peculiar. Buried in some ruins, he uncovered a small, one inch by one …

Machine Learning

In Buffalo, A New Zoning Code Prioritizes People, Not Cars

Now you can build a new building and not include space for any parking at all.<p>Buffalo has rewritten its zoning code. While that might normally be a great cue for an afternoon nap, this update has a bunch of smart and practical requirements that will transform the city into a place for humans, and …

The suburban Ponzi scheme

The following image is a geographic representation of Lafayette, Louisiana’s finances. It is from this excellent article by Charles Marohn.<p>What this 3D map shows is the city’s revenues and expenses by land parcel. The green areas are where the city is making a profit (revenues exceed expenses) and the red areas are where the city is operating at a loss (expenses exceed revenues). The height of each extrusion indicates just how much profit is being made and how much loss is being incurred.<p>The …

Taking back the streets: Most businesses on urban streets make their money from pedestrians and cyclists

TreeHugger has covered many studies showing the impact of bike lanes on retail, usually in response to store-owners’ complaints about the loss of …

Google Street View

Apple Publishes Its First Artificial Intelligence Paper

Earlier this month, Apple made a splash when it told the artificial intelligence research community that the secretive company would start publishing AI papers of its own. Not even a month later, it’s already starting to make good on that promise.<p>Apple has published its very first AI paper on …

Artificial Intelligence

To Tackle Big Urban Issues, This Architect Became A Data Designer

Herwig Scherabon wanted to communicate the inequality of cities rather than contribute to it.<p>Herwig Scherabon remembers the exact moment that he no longer wanted to be a practicing architect. He was working on a project based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with a team of fellow Viennese architects, …

Human Rights

We don’t understand how AI make most decisions, so now algorithms are explaining themselves

Self-awareness, or the ability to understand and explain oneself, is one of the largest divides between artificial and human intelligence. While we may not fully understand ourselves, we can offer up a rationale for our decisions in most cases. On the other hand, AI algorithms are usually only …

Artificial Intelligence

Emoji Have a Dual Nature

Emoji are like good-natured aliens, dropping into our lives by way of smartphones and spreading across the world. And, with their newfound ubiquity, …

As Houston's overhaul draws new riders, other cities mulling bus changes

HOUSTON — Chase Floyd stared at his smartphone and happily ignored the traffic conditions around him on his way home from work. He sat near the front …

Transportation

FUTURE CITIES | San Antonio

Forget the Alamo, Texas's "other city" is booming.<p>Americans have complicated relationships with their country’s major cities. New York, Los Angeles, …

Urban Design

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Time Management

Inside the secret meeting where Apple revealed the state of its AI research

Apple has long been secretive about the research done within its Cupertino, California, labs. It’s easy to understand why. Conjecture can spin out of even the most benign of research papers or submissions to medical journals, especially when they’re tied to the most valuable company on the …

Machine Learning

A new tool lets artificially intelligent algorithms control computers the way a human would

Artificial intelligence (AI) is usually built into the software we use, from automatic tagging on Facebook to chatbots in Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems. Instead of injecting AI into software, a new tool from OpenAI teaches algorithms to control a computer the way a human would: by …

Artificial Intelligence

In typical Texas fashion, urban nature park in Dallas would be country's biggest

There's a long way to go before 10,000-acre project becomes a reality.<p>Considering Texas' reputation for bigness, you’d be inclined to think that the …

Urbanism

How building cities can make America great again

One Sunday afternoon in 1965, my father burst through the backdoor spouting blood from his elbow and expletives from his mouth. While doing an oil …

Jane Jacobs was right: New ideas need old buildings

Saving old buildings is unfashionable these days; economists and writers think that we are all “nostalgists and NIMBYs” who are preventing the …

"Never Built New York" Explores the Forgotten Past and the Future that Never Was

<i>This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "An Incredible Journey into the New York City that Never Was."</i><p>Imagine the waters …