Oliver Hartleben

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How a Century of Zoning Codes Shaped the New York City of Today

New York City is pocked with what are known as privately owned public spaces (POPS), created following a 1961 zoning resolution. In order to build …

How Google Is Turning Cities Into R&D Labs

From autonomous vehicles to building codes, Sidewalk Labs is thinking about problems and solutions that could shape cities for centuries.<p>When Google’s city-focused innovation company, Sidewalk Labs, launched in June of 2015, few specifics were known despite the fanfare. Its founders said that it …

Smart Cities

How will the cities of the future be lit?

From the medieval candle to phosphorescent trees and glow-in-the-dark concrete, Daryl Mersom charts the trajectory of urban light, and asks how the problem of light pollution can be tackled in the modern era<p>The ever-increasing demand for the 24-hour illumination of cities is blighting urban …

Smart Cities

How mobile payment apps are changing transit

As mobile ticketing continues to expand in the U.S., Planetizen looks at three ways new payment options will improve transit for customers and …

Mobile

SF startup uses crowdsourcing to improve bus predictions

A San Francisco startup called Swyft wants to use crowdsourcing to make arrival predictions more reliable for Bay Area transit customers.The post SF …

Crowdsourcing

Next-Generation Drones Will Save New York City’s Infrastructure

<i>A weeklong series of ideas for improving urban life.</i><p>After years of being cast as robotic messengers of death and high-altitude spies, drones are …

Welcome to the Age of Shadowless Skyscrapers

<i>A weeklong series of ideas for improving urban life.</i><p>Whenever a new tower starts muscling its way toward the sky, it drains a bit more light from the …

You Might Be Able to 3-D Print Your Next House

<i>A weeklong series of ideas for improving urban life.</i><p>In January of this year, a mansion rose in Shanghai. But rather than being built by cranes and …

Mobility-as-a-service: Turning transportation into a software industry

It’s the future. You have just bought your first fully autonomous car and let it drive you to work this morning. It was a little scary at first, but you forgot about the lack of a driver quickly, and now you are at your office.<p>What is the car doing right now? Right, it is sitting in the parking …

Ridesharing could help solve the last mile problem

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber’s new “Smart Routes” feature and ended by saying that it’s not just taxis who need to be thinking about …

Giant Blooming Flower Lamps Turn Jerusalem Into A Wonderland

Sometimes it seems like a city hates you. It’s a maze built in unrelenting concrete and steel, full of lights that are always too red, signs that are always too vague, and benches that are always too hard.<p>By contrast, there’s Warde, an installation of giant, kinetic, poppy-like flowers, designed by …

Tel Aviv

Will parking spaces in cities become more, or less, valuable in the future?

Lately I’ve been having discussions around the future value of parking spaces in urban centers. So yesterday I tweeted out this poll:<p>Will parking …

Bill Ford's Vision for a World Beyond Cars

Bill Ford, Jr. loves cars. He's the first in line for the new Ford GT, the wind-slicing wonder beast coming next year from the company his …

If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like?

The number of women in UK architecture firms is falling, and many urbanists are worried by the ‘very, very male-dominated’ worlds of planning and construction. So how would cities differ if women designed them?<p>“I hate to stereotype,” says architect Fiona Scott. “Male architects are often quite …

Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Ajmer’s famous 13th-century Sufi shrine draws millions of pilgrims from around the world every year. The city recently launched a new website called …

Chicago’s Array of Things May Give Big Data Boost to Urban Planning

Array of Things began as a failed workshop for high school students. Three years ago, Charlie Catlett, director of the Computation Institute’s Urban …

Urban Planning

How LA school districts are turning disused land into low-cost housing

In a city where affordable rents are in short supply, Los Angeles schools are partnering with developers to build low-cost housing targeted at substitute teachers, bus drivers and maintenance workers<p>In a freeway-lined corner of the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena, where modest ranch-style homes and …

Housing

Tomorrow's cities: Rio de Janeiro's bid to become a smart city

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1007000/1007776_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524385393_0dcf85dec5b850f9c9f523056198c394<p><b>Rio de Janeiro's famously chaotic favelas are as much a landmark of the city as the Christ statue or Sugarloaf Mountain but few would see them as the</b> …

Brazil

Traffic Technology Today

New ITS America report examines mobility trends in a connected society<p>A new report released by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS …

A Real Plan to Replace London's Tube With Moving Walkways

If, at some point in the future, you find yourself walking through a London underground tunnel rather than riding in a train, it may not be because …

The Story Of Technology

Every age is defined by its technology. The stories of Dickens wouldn’t have been possible without the steam engine and the industrial revolution it …

Co-Housing and the Rise of Collaborative Consumption

I recently read a book entitled ‘What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’. Authored by Rachael Botsman and Roo Rodgers (founders …

Crowdsourcing

Mashable

What's New<p>Written by<p>What's life like without Erlich Bachman?<p>Well, this is odd.<p>Don't panic!<p>The social network is hiring a technology editor.<p>You won't …

How to hack a city—and why we should

No one thinks about the servers and infrastructure that run cities: at least, not until something goes wrong, like flooding, blackouts, or gridlock. …

Conscience versus convenience

First publishedin ITS International<p>May June 2015<p>asMore travel less travail<p>[ Zoom ]<p>David Crawford looks at new ways forward for public transport. <br>By …