Europe

July 2, 2009, 12pm PDT
An Italian company is using an RC model submarine to run fiber optic cable through sewer systems.
Boing Boing
June 30, 2009, 2pm PDT
Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG looks at plans for a zoo in France made up of simulated environments, and wonders why we don't build simulated environments for humans.
BLDBLOG
June 27, 2009, 7am PDT
According to the latest numbers out of Amsterdam, residents are for the first time using bicycles for transport more often than they use their cars.
The Oregonian
June 25, 2009, 7am PDT
European cities are experimenting with trains that can switch from heavy rail (to reach suburbs on existing tracks) and street-running fixed link systems (to reach city centers).
City Mayors
June 19, 2009, 9am PDT
Paris' bike-sharing program Vélib was supposed to make commuting more civilized; instead it has become the subject of widespread theft and abuse.
The Globe and Mail
June 16, 2009, 11am PDT
A prison design in Austria that emphasizes inmate comfort and dignity raises questions about the role architecture and design plays in preventing or encouraging more crime.
The New York Times
June 11, 2009, 11am PDT
The future of Paris has been laid out by ten teams of architects and planners. The ideas are broad, futuristic, and innovative, but few are likely to be realized.
The New York Times
June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Amsterdam has taken its smart grid live, installing solar panels and 300 electric car recharging stations throughout the city.
Business Week
June 9, 2009, 2pm PDT
Italian car designer Pininfarina has announced that it will release a fully-electric, partially solar-powered car in Europe in 2010.
Inhabitat
June 4, 2009, 10am PDT
This piece from <em>Wired</em> looks at the Swedish mining town of Kiruna that is literally picking itself up and moving.
Wired
June 3, 2009, 5am PDT
Alex Marshall takes a look at Spain's recent record of proactive transportation planning, connecting cities to direct development rather than to connect already successful areas.
Governing Magazine
June 1, 2009, 7am PDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is visiting Spain, hoping to glean some knowledge from the country's recent successes with high-speed rail.
The New York Time - Energy & Environment
May 28, 2009, 5am PDT
Herve Kemp believes that the future of employment in Europe will include a million "family farmer jobs."
Truthout
May 27, 2009, 10am PDT
With communities balking at the purported ugliness of windtowers and solar panels, a Dutch company proposes using nature's own designs.
Fast Company
May 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Germany's experience in implementing environmentally-friendly concepts like green roofs, wind power and other renewables is pointing the way for many American decisionmakers.
The New York Times
May 19, 2009, 7am PDT
Sochi, Russia, is set to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. But work on the site has hardly begun, according to this report from <em>The Moscow Times</em>.
The Moscow Times
May 12, 2009, 2pm PDT
Vauban, Germany is a new suburb that is part of the 'smart planning movement'. It is car-free, i.e. the streets are car-free, while car ownership is allowed but restricted to two garages, and the cost unbundled. Only 30% of families own cars.
The New York Times - Environment
May 7, 2009, 5am PDT
A new mapping project is creating a comprehensive 3D image of the catacombs beneath Rome.
BBC
May 1, 2009, 5am PDT
The Spanish government is moving forward with plans to build the largest casino and entertainment complex in Europe
BBC
April 29, 2009, 12pm PDT
In this video, police in Denmark stop cyclists without helmets, hug them, and give them new helmets.
Boing Boing