August 16, 2013, 2pm PDT
Planners are futurists, but with less pretension and jargon. Our work requires predicting how current trends are likely to affect future conditions and activities, and how communities should prepare. For example, let's predict self-driving cars.
May 27, 2013, 1pm PDT
Explore how people across the world are working to develop technology enhanced solutions to challenges facing their cities.
April 27, 2013, 4pm PDT
Tom Sanchez (Virginia Tech) and I decided to offer a free course to a global audience. The response has been phenomenal with more than 17,000 people participating. Learn about what the globe has to say about technology in cities.
January 25, 2013, 1pm PST
For my annual update of the apps that support planning I've compiled a list of the latest applications for sharing information, visualizations, sensing, predicting, supporting decision making, crowdsourcing, and engaging.
November 22, 2012, 5am PST
Course explores how the increasing availability of networks, sensors and mobile technologies allows for new approaches to address the challenges that our cities face.
October 11, 2012, 12pm PDT
A free digital toolkit allowing communities to collect, analyze, and share their own data will be launched nationally at the end of the year.
September 23, 2012, 5am PDT
Rapid urbanization in India will create unplanned cities with poor quality of life unless steps are taken to integrate urban design and planning with governance structures, and primitive planning methods are revamped with the latest technology.
August 1, 2012, 8am PDT
David Kilcullen creates maps to empower disenfranchised people in developing countries around the world. By combining social science and technology his firm solves tough problems in "frontier environments," reports David Holmes.
July 11, 2012, 9am PDT
Teresa Burney reports on PulteGroup's new marketing services geared towards understanding the Gen Y demographic as new potential homeowners.
June 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Brent Toderian, recently the planning director for Vancouver, was interviewed by Denmark's Sustainable Cities about technology and planning. Toderian was contrarian when it came to technology's ability to save the world.
November 30, 2011, 1pm PST
Landowners with fewer apartments units are starting to use software similar for pricing airline tickets and hotel vacancies to determine rental rates for their properties, reports Matt Hudgins for The New York Times.
October 24, 2011, 12pm PDT
With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.
July 1, 2011, 8am PDT
Providing wifi on public transit and encouraging people to Check In with their smart phones are two of the three examples cities could implement to bring people closer together.
May 24, 2011, 9am PDT
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY's "Chief Digital Officer" Rachel Sterne presented plans to use enhance technology that connects citizens with their government.
April 26, 2011, 4pm PDT
Planetizen founding Editor Chris Steins offers his evaluation of the top 25 thinkers at the intersection of planning and technology.
March 28, 2011, 1pm PDT
Livejournal has posted a series of paintings that ran as part of a 1961 Motorola advertising campaign that depict a futuristic lifestyle and featuring cavernous modern living spaces.
March 23, 2011, 10am PDT
The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development made over 16,000 observations of portable tech usage on airplains, trains, and buses. Their findings show that there is a increase of tech use on transit, but usage is reliant on users having space.
March 19, 2011, 11pm PDT
In 2009 we worked with Ron Thomas,
Mary Means, and Goody Clancy to help plan and run a large 500+ person visioning
event in the town of Shreveport. We set
up the event the night before with computers at every table for brainstorming
and a keypad polling system providing each participant with a handheld device
for voting and prioritizing strategies in the region. We had a tech table set up next to the
audio/filming crew, a group that was very helpful in getting us what we need to
set up. We tested everything, including making sure
the keypads registered in the far corners of the convention space.
February 23, 2011, 6am PST
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city will begin to utilize QR (quick response) codes on all building permits, providing more access to information for New York residents.
February 13, 2011, 11am PST
"Intelligent cities" is picking up steam as the new buzzword in planning and a potentially game-changing way of using data to drive decisions. But we need to be sure we don't lose the human intelligence in planning.