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The data's from the real-estate consultancy Emporis. Note that these numbers count thousands of 'scrapers. Hong Kong bristles with 'em! Says the Economist:Hong Kong has 7,417 skyscrapers, more than any other city, according to Emporis, a firm that tracks the construction of high-rises. By its definition, a building must be over 35 metres tall to qualify as a skyscraper. New York ranks second with 5,444 skyscrapers; Los Angeles has just 450. Chicago's Sears Tower has more floors than any of its rivals, though other skyscrapers are taller. Opinion
Apr 18, 2005   By
With all the talk of municipal wireless initiatives, it will be interesting to see what implications (if implemented) these networks will have on individual neighborhoods. As a planner working in a neighborhoods in Philadelphia, how should I assist my clients in best utilizing Philadelphia's wireless to create a stronger fabric between people and place? There are increasing number of community based applications that utilize rather simple technology to create new communication tools between residents. Opinion
Apr 15, 2005   By Scott Page
Sorry about the giant graphic, but I like the pretty colors. This is the Torino scale, a Richter scale for asteroid strikes. Opinion
Apr 12, 2005   By
Check out the Moscow that never was -- but might have been, if Stalin had gotten his way.The architectural designs are in the City Beautiful vein, typical of egotistical rulers and their capital city makeovers. So yeah, there's that Daniel Burnham/Chicago Opinion
Apr 7, 2005   By
More human beings are moving to cities. You already know that. But according to new data (plus maps!) from the Global Rural Urban Mapping Project at Columbia University (yes, that acronym is GRUMP), the Earth looks even more citified than anyone thought. Mixing satellite data with stats from that Gridded Population of the World Opinion
Apr 5, 2005   By
Yes, yes, blogosphere echochamber mutual admiration blah blah blah. It pays the bills, baby. My day job this month has a fun, interesting package on hybrid cars and how they're going to change the shape of the energy debate (and here is a link to it, on which you may click upon with your mouse device, should you so choose). Opinion
Mar 31, 2005   By
You know the end is nigh. Now the big brains at Columbia have confirmed it. The Center for Hazards & Risk Research has released a report (PDF chunks of which available here) called Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis. It lists (and maps and charts) the places on Earth most in danger of drought, earthquake, volcano, landslide, flood, or tornado. Opinion
Mar 31, 2005   By
Ann Oliveri from the Urban Land Institute kindly pointed me to an article, Toll road gets tangled in Web of defeat, in the Rocky Mountain News. The developer says he was "blindsided" by the rapid an online opposition on legislation that would make it possible for the development of a privately financed $2 billion tollway Opinion
Mar 25, 2005   By Chris Steins
Thanks to James Carberry for pointing me to this article on the slightlly academic, but consistently readable and relevant, Knowledge@Wharton journal.Blogs, Everyone? Weblogs Are Here to Stay, but Where Are They Headed? wonders about the future of blogging. Opinion
Mar 24, 2005   By Chris Steins
I'm in San Francisco this weekend for the annual 2005 American Planning Association Conference. On Saturday, I'm presenting on a panel, "Computer-Based Decision-Support and Visualization Strategies", organized by Kenneth Topping, FAICP of Topping Associates International. I'll be releasing my annual list, "Top Five Technologies For Planning, 2005". After the session, I'll post my top technologies here also. Rumor has it that the Moscone West Conference Center is outfitted with wireless Internet access. Opinion
Mar 18, 2005   By Chris Steins