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We went to Trader Joe's and the store that Whole Foods launched to compete with it — and it's clear who does it better

Trader Joe's is known for its inexpensive and healthy products, and customers are willing to wait in sometimes outrageous lines to get groceries from the store.<p>Whole Foods, which is typically more expensive than Trader Joe's, recently expanded its chain of 365 stores to compete more directly with …

Trader Joe's

Jan Gehl: “In The Last 50 Years, Architects Have Forgotten What a Good Human Scale Is”

<i>This interview was initially published in Spanish by City Manager as “Jan Gehl, ciudades para la gente.”</i><p>Jah Gehl is recognized as a follower of Jane …

A new book aims to explore the glorious history of sci-fi cover art

From two major critics in the field<p>The world of science fiction literature includes some truly out-of-this-world stories, which are often accompanied by astonishing, beautiful, and flat-out bizarre covers. Now, a pair of leading science fiction critics are working to crowdfund a new book that …

Science Fiction

The company that invented Post-It notes is hiding invisible messages in signs to help self-driving cars see the world

The same company that invented Post-It notes is now helping self-driving cars see the world.<p>Headquarted in St. Paul, Minnestoa, 3M is behind the creation of everyday objects that everyone uses but no one thinks about. Post-It notes, Scotch tape, and waterproof sandpaper are just a few of 3M's …

Autonomous Cars

Too much ‘show’ at the degree shows?

There is some annual meteorological quirk in Britain that means that from the beginning of June until mid-to-late July the weather becomes some kind …

Meteorology

Investors Are Pouring Millions Into a Startup That Could Speed the Development of Self-Driving Cars

Nauto, the automotive tech startup that uses a combination of artificial intelligence, cameras, motion sensors, and GPS to understand and improve …

Venture Capital

This Autonomous Bodega Roams The Streets Of Shanghai 24/7

A self-driving convenience store being tested in Shanghai takes same-day delivery to the next level.<p>It won’t be long before the magical, free two-day delivery of Amazon Prime will feel like an eternity. What will replace it? Probably something that looks a lot like the Moby Mart.<p>The half-realized …

UberEATS

5 types of rest every creative should adopt

There’s a pervasive idea out there that life and creativity are a zero-sum game. Indulge one, destroy the other. Or, as designer Stefan Sagmeister once wrote in a mural of coins across a plaza in Amsterdam: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” But as anyone who has ever experienced …

Creativity

The 50 Worst Cars of All Time

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Women's Health

How to Tell a True Tale: Neil Gaiman on What Makes a Great Personal Story

“The gulf that exists between us as people is that when we look at each other we might see faces, skin color, gender, race, or attitudes, but we don’t see, we can’t see, the stories.”<p><i>“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,”</i> Joan Didion memorably wrote. And perhaps we live in order to tell our …

When car ownership fades, this parking garage will be ready for its next life

One of the country's biggest apartment developers is working on plans for a grand residential complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes what appears to be an ordinary garage.<p>There will be row upon row of lined stalls at street level and two floors underground to store nearly 1,000 cars of …

From architecture to cultural life: how would you design a city from scratch?

The government’s plan for 14 garden villages across the country offers a fantastic opportunity to create ideal living spaces. But where do you start? Here, five writers set out their architectural, cultural, transport and political visions<p>Cities define modern life. They make more money than other …

Urbanism

3D-Printed Machine Gun Folds and Shoots Endless Paper Airplanes

It doesn't matter what side of the debate you're on when it comes to using 3D printers to make guns, how could anyone being against using the …

The 11 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016

Fill your bookshelves, fill your mind<p>We’re living in a world that looks increasingly like science fiction, so I find myself looking to the genre not for predictions of what the future holds but for some guidance for dealing with this strange and changing world. 2016 was a difficult year, but a …

Science Fiction

These Are the 3 Bus Stop Types Needed For Sustainable Transit Solutions

The latest publication of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, NACTO, is the "Transit Street Design Guide" in which tips and …

Welcome To The City Of Trump

Some may cast blame on blue-city urbanites for overlooking the needs of Americans in rural flyover states during this election, but the fact of the matter is that America is urban. Over 60% of the U.S. population currently resides in cities–a figure likely to only grow. And if most Americans live …

American Cities

Jeffrey Tumlin: Future Cities Will Have Self-Driving Brothels

The city expert claimed that urban landscapes will have far fewer cars.<p>The city of the future is going to have fewer cars around. That’s according to …

Future Cities

11 science fiction adventures to escape into this Thanksgiving holiday

Here’s the scene: your family is coming in from all parts of the country for the big day. It’s great to see everyone, but you honestly would rather deal with them through Facebook this year. You need a quick and easy way to escape the crowd, so you power up your e-reader and jump into a new …

Science Fiction

Philadelphia Turning Railroad Ruins into Elevated Rail Park

After more than 10 years of planning, Philadelphia is taking the first steps in transforming an abandoned, overgrown rail line that cuts through the …

Urban Design

As Toronto rapidly evolves, Rail Deck Park is needed

In the late 1990s, the King-Spadina area of Toronto had 945 residents. My friend Brett Grainger was one of them: He lived with a roommate at 525 King St. W., above a pub called The Toad in the Hole. The block was "central, yet so hidden away, almost sleepy," he recalls. "The neighbourhood vibe was …

How Seattle stopped a freeway, and may gain a monument

Maybe’s it’s an “only in Seattle” type of story, but for years citizen activists have been trying to get the state to preserve a small chunk of an …

Urban Design

How socially conscious design can help solve the country’s toughest problems

Perfectly timed for campaign season, the exhibit “By the People: Designing a Better America” showcases creative solutions to entrenched issues<p>When Cynthia E. Smith, the curator of socially responsible design for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum started formulating and planning an …

Urbanism

The promise of smart mobility

Emerging alternatives to traditional car ownership—including ridesharing, carsharing, bike commuting, and on-demand ride services—can not only get …

Carsharing

Why high-tech parking lots for autonomous cars may change urban planning

With self-driving technology in play, these under-appreciated piece of infrastructure could play a key role in a more efficient urban future<p>With the advent of autonomous car technology expected to radically reshape our commutes and roadways, the fate of the lowly parking garage may not seem all …

Why landscape architects are the urban designers of tomorrow

At a recent Landscape Architecture Foundation summit, it became clear the profession has a big role in shaping the future of our cities<p>For landscape architects, the ground has shifted in serious ways over the last few decades. Earlier this summer in Philadelphia, at a mid-June summit organized by …

Architects Are Designing Buildings for the Age of Mass Shootings

More buildings are being designed to make people feel safe.<p>Architect Aaron Betsky is not a fan of the Freedom Tower.<p>The 1776-foot-tall building, officially called 1 World Trade Center, is a contemporary behemoth in the New York City skyline, and the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. …

Mass Shootings

Awesome high-tech vehicles you'd swap a Ferrari for

You may have always longed for a Ferrari to cruise through the city like Ferris Bueller, but there are much cooler and more unusual vehicles up for …

Duany: The Promise of Suburbia Has Been Betrayed

<i>The transect / PlaceMakers</i><p>"The promise of suburbia -- to live in nature amid the easy flow of cars -- has been betrayed. Sprawl is not sustainable; its growth chokes on itself," argued architect and urban planner Andrés Duany at the Congress for New Urbanism in Detroit.<p>Duany calls for using New …

Ecology

Andrea Tsurumi: You’ll Never Have “Enough Time”

New York-based illustrator Andrea Tsurumi doesn’t take the easy way out. Early in her career, she gained experience at a literary agency and a major …

San Francisco

Parking Garages Poised For Big Makeover in Autonomous Age

<i>Created by</i> Car and Driver <i>for Toyota</i><p>Back in January, Tesla Motors introduced “Summon,” a feature that allows many of its newer vehicles to park themselves. Using a smartphone or key fob, car owners can remotely command their vehicles to open garage doors, enter, park themselves and shut down. When …

Urban Design