Smart Cities

June 11, 2015, 5am PDT
Devoid of a human population, the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) is a planned, privately-operated trial lab for the smart city. The CITE design calls for a small, fully-functioning ghost town.
June 3, 2015, 6am PDT
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.
Michael Mehaffy
May 28, 2015, 5am PDT
In India, smart cities are being built with much fanfare and government support. However, critics rightfully worry that such models could end up excluding the very people who need its benefits the most.
The Hedgehog Review
May 10, 2015, 11am PDT
This is what "smart cities" technology looks like: A new product called Inrix Insights offers planners and businesses a platform by which to access the data created by the use of connected cars.
April 12, 2015, 5am PDT
While they look clean and green on the drawing board, Asia's planned developments might be nothing more than cloned commercialism set in concrete. By undermining local culture, this 'smart city' approach may also prove unsustainable.
The Global Urbanist
Blog post
April 3, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
March 9, 2015, 2pm PDT
Welcome to the age of "Dashboard Governance"—when a good user interface offers the potential for performance advantages to city management.
Places Journal
December 1, 2014, 12pm PST
The Smart City Expo and World Congress, held this year in Barcelona, announced its 2014 World Smart Cities Awards. This year the top award went to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cities Today
November 26, 2014, 5am PST
A post on the European Commission website provides an edited transcript of a presentation by Rem Koolhaas in which the starchitect and author offers a scathing take on the ill effects of smart cities.
European Commission
November 24, 2014, 10am PST
The Wall Street Journal examines a pair of businesses as examples of how new sources of data can be collected and sold. Orbital Insight, Inc, for instance, interprets the shadows cast by buildings.
The Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2014, 11am PDT
Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren make the case that the only smart city is a shareable city.
Zocalo Public Square
August 25, 2014, 5am PDT
Private, crowdsourced mobile phone applications addressing urban mobility collect troves of data on how cities flow. So how can municipalities tap into these databases to accurately understand the movement of their citizens?
Ma'ayan Dembo
August 1, 2014, 12pm PDT
Any vision for a "City 3.0"—or an untethered, technology-enabled city—is dependent on next generation infrastructure for Internet, energy, water, and more.
June 30, 2014, 5am PDT
Conceived as a counterpoint to the "smart city," the "playable city" would think beyond efficiency and utility in applying technology to the urban experience.
Next City
May 11, 2014, 7am PDT
Shannon Mattern argues that as we enter the era of so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.
Places Journal
May 9, 2014, 8am PDT
The same week that the New York Police Department released a boat load of data about traffic collisions comes news that exercise app Strava will sell its data on the how, where, and when bikers and runners use streets.
Wall Street Journal - Digits
April 28, 2014, 6am PDT
Undergirding the massive mix of uses and investments called Hudson Yards is an ambitious plan to gather and analyze data provided by the 65,000 people a day who make use of the facility.
FastCompany Exist
April 26, 2014, 7am PDT
Civic leaders chime in on how policy should guide technology and smart cities initiatives.
April 23, 2014, 2pm PDT
A writer laments the advances made by data collection in cities—once a location where people could maintain or seek anonymity.
New York Times
Blog post
April 15, 2014, 7am PDT
Medellín has been called the most innovative city in the world, and recently hosted the World Urban Forum WUF7 to huge acclaim. It has taken back the city's public realm, found simple solutions to complex problems, and emphasized a "City for Life."
Brent Toderian