Urban Design

The Technology Behind Sidewalk Toronto's Concept Images

In the weeks leading up to yesterday's big announcement that the city-building arm of Google parent company Alphabet—known as Sidewalk Labs—would be …

Cities

Tour the Seoul overpass that MVRDV converted into a plant-covered walkway

In the latest movie in our Dezeen X MINI Living series, drone footage offers an elevated view of the former 1970s highway that Dutch firm MVRDV …

Design

Winning Amazon's second headquarters has pros and cons

Urbanism

Row over replacing Belfast's Boyne Bridge

<b>Belfast City Council has voted in favour of Translink's new transport hub, meaning Belfast's Boyne Bridge could be demolished to accommodate it.</b><p>The unanimous vote from the planning committee on Tuesday was, however, met with a mixed reaction.<p>The current bridge near Sandy Row was reconstructed in …

Cities

Amazon has brought benefits — and disruption — to Seattle

SEATTLE — Memo to the many places vying for Amazon’s second headquarters: It ain’t all food trucks and free bananas.For years, much of downtown …

Denver

Trades Hall backs building on old rail corridor

MIXED USE: A state government concept design, released in April, for an affordable housing development beside the museum on part of the former heavy …

Urbanism

New councillors raise new concerns for north Edmonton

Two new councillors will change the dynamics of north Edmonton politics at city hall<p>During his election campaign, Jon Dziadyk posted pictures to his …

Urbanism

enota connects tree-filled atriums for the tetusa oasis resort in turkey

<b>enota has unveiled plans for the ‘tetusa oasis thermal resort’, which will begin construction next year in cesme, turkey.</b> the program is organized in …

Design

Transit-oriented apartment mid-rise proposed for West Loop parking lot

The modern 10-story structure would feature 69 rental units but parking for only 5 cars<p>Another downtown parking lot looks poised for redevelopment as new details emerge regarding plans for a 10-story residential mid-rise near Union Station in Chicago’s rapidly-changing West Loop. Dubbed ‘The Gladys …

Urbanism

Bowman, EPC back intersection revamp plan

A plan to upgrade the Portage and Main intersection with the intention of eventually opening it up to pedestrians was endorsed unanimously Wednesday …

Canadian News

Google's parent company is spending $50 million to build a high-tech neighborhood in Toronto

Sidewalk Toronto<p>Sidewalk Labs — the urban innovation unit of Google parent company Alphabet — will design a high-tech neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront, the company announced today at a press conference.<p>Called Quayside, the neighborhood's plan will prioritize "environmental sustainability, …

Cities

A luscious open-air 'urban forest' tops this formerly abandoned penthouse

Parisian firm Matteo Cainer Architects just unveiled plans to convert an old abandoned apartment into a beautiful solar-powered penthouse filled with …

Architecture

Nashville's $5.2 billion transit proposal: What you need to know

The $5.2 billion transit plan comes after years of discussions surrounding traffic congestion in Nashville and in Middle Tennessee. Below are …

Urbanism

An opportunity to banish barriers, build bridges downtown

As we get ever-nearer to the removal of the pedestrian barriers at Portage and Main, a nagging question remains.<p>Is this iconic intersection, and the …

Canadian News

Amazon HQ2 headed to Washington? D.C. could be a serious contender

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Traffic, But Increase Sprawl

<b>BOSTON (AP) —</b> A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might …

Transportation

Texas cities also woo Amazon with diversity, arts, sunshine

Economic incentives are expected to be major selling points for a number of Texas cities making pitches to Amazon for the Seattle-based company's …

Business

Editorial: Region needs transport plan

Langford’s new West Shore Parkway will help ease traffic congestion in the community, save time and cut greenhouse-gas emissions. It is a valuable …

Urbanism

Here’s why cutting The Strand to two lanes COULD work

A plan to cut The Strand down to four lanes has faced heavy criticism – but Liverpool council officials feel it is the way forward.<p>The Strand plan is …

Urbanism

GO Bond: Should a City Fund Its Art Museums?

On November 7 — or now, if you vote by mail-in ballot — Denver residents will decide if they want to approve nearly a billion dollars’ worth of bond …

Denver

How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus

Three experts in three very different positions weigh in on their city’s ridership success.<p>Almost every major U.S. city has seen years of decline in bus ridership, but Seattle has been the exception in recent years. Between 2010 and 2014, Seattle experienced the biggest jump of any major U.S. city. …

Urbanism

Driverless Cars Will Open the Door to a Building Spre

It’s 2027 (or 2037) and the age of the self-driving car. City-dwellers have traded in their car keys for ride hails. Street parking has been replaced …

Real Estate

Here's how driverless vehicles will utterly transform how our cities look

Smart City Solutions<p>The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous …

Cities

In Copenhagen, Bike Commuting Gets a Little Less Popular

Denmark’s capital may be a cyclists’ paradise, but recent trends show what’s really necessary to sustain a bike boom.<p>Copenhagen may have a justified reputation as a cyclists’ paradise, but over the past three years, something shocking has happened: The proportion of bike commuters on the city’s …

Urbanism

Rail, downtown tunnel part of Nashville's $5.2B transit plan

A $5.2 billion proposal to build an extensive transit system in the Tennessee capital would introduce light rail and carve out an underground tunnel …

Business

The Crosswalk Of The Future Moves And Changes To Prioritize Pedestrians

The Starling Crossing is designed to reshape streets by responding in real time to pedestrian movements.<p>If you step on the curb on this street of the future, a pedestrian crossing will automatically appear in front of you when it’s safe to cross. If a crowd wants to cross simultaneously, the …

Urbanism

Yonge Street will become more pedestrian-friendly — whether or not drivers like it: Hume

As the Battle of the Bloor Street Bike Lanes winds down, a new front in Toronto's Road Wars has opened up. This one, on Yonge between Sheppard and …

Canadian News

TransLink ridership continues to grow, says CEO

At a time when ridership numbers are dropping in cities across North America, the number of trips being made on transit in Metro Vancouver continues …

Canadian News

Concord Naval Weapons Station: Traffic, transit, town center

CONCORD — Since commuters from cities to the east cut through Concord to avoid congestion on Highway 4, council members must decide if they should …

San Francisco Bay Area

Nora Kern: FACES of Nashville

<i>Although her official title is Executive Director at Walk Bike Nashville, Nora Kern wears many different hats (as people at non-profits usually do).</i> …

Urbanism