June 29, 2016, 7am PDT
There's no shortage of ambition from Silicon Valley startup accelerator and investment firm Y Combinator—which recently announced its intentions to build a prototype city.
November 9, 2015, 8am PST
The World Economic Forum offers a reminder of just how drastically things could change, and soon, in cities.
November 6, 2015, 2pm PST
Contrary to one some urbanists believe, some of the advancements of the new economy might better serve less dense, even suburban, environments. Example: a delivery robot created by the co-founders of Skype.
November 5, 2015, 2pm PST
City planners should be wary of any predictions that downplay the unknowability of the future by projecting present conditions onto it.
June 6, 2014, 6am PDT
A Tumblr called Signs from the Near Future has seen the signs, and has predicted what the signs of the future will look like.
Signs from the Near Future
October 14, 2013, 6am PDT
In an excerpt on Places from his new book, Smart Cities, urban forecaster Anthony Townsend considers the inevitable glitches.
June 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Futurist Orville Simpson envisioned a hyper-efficient city housed in a single, interconnected mega-complex. Lauren Boettcher explores plans by the University of Cincinnati to take on Simpson's legacy.
June 26, 2012, 9am PDT
Expo 2012 is happening now in Korea, and features a panorama of a futuristic underwater city as part of a focus on future sustainability.
June 24, 2012, 11am PDT
In a discussion at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Monte Carlo last week, panelists said the trend towards urbanization will require making cars part of a larger eco-system of transportation.
February 17, 2012, 12pm PST
Michael Tortorello pays a visit to the futurist desert colony to see what's in store as its legendary founder retires and it struggles to remain a bulwark against modern capitalism.
November 19, 2011, 9am PST
A new report predicts how - and where - we'll be living in the near future, and where planners and developers should focus.
November 4, 2011, 12pm PDT
The Web Urbanist counts down twelve of the best ultra modern home designs with a descriptive slideshow.
October 10, 2011, 10am PDT
A prefab steel home built in 1933 on the campus of Connecticut College as a futuristic "home of tomorrow". Today, although covered in rust, it is still standing and being prepped for historic preservation.
August 5, 2011, 7am PDT
Art student Diego Trujillo-Pisanty is considering what a future of domestic robot servants would do to the built environment.
February 2, 2011, 7am PST
This slideshow from <em>The New York Times</em> looks at a variety of examples of large-scale planning efforts that never materialized.
December 13, 2010, 1pm PST
Planning students at the University of British Columbia unveiled bold new plans for Vancouver for the next 40 years, but as planning director Brent Toderian put it, the plans are "the easy part."
August 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
One of the problems with investing in large infrastructure, and transportation in particular, is that it's difficult to predict the needs of future cities, says Mathias Crawford. If we're all telecommuting, will we need buses?
July 24, 2010, 5am PDT
A review of the <em>Our Cities Ourselves</em> at the Center for Architecture in New York, which features ten proposals to create better cities by 2030.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 6, 2010, 9am PDT
Six architecture firms were commissioned to envision cities 20 years from now for the Venice Biennale. The one thing they all shared? Self-driving cars.
May 10, 2010, 1pm PDT
Rem Koolhaas and his practice have released a vision of Europe 50 years from now, connected by an extensive smart grid and utilizing solar, wind and other green technologies to power the continent.