Open Source

July 27, 2015, 12pm PDT
The age-old conflict between cars and bikes finally has the attention of one of the giants. Ford's Info Cycle project mounts sensors on street bikes to map out how multi-modal city travelers move around.
CityLab
April 16, 2014, 10am PDT
OpenTreeMap allows cities to inventory trees and see the environmental and economic benefits.
FastCompany Exist
April 11, 2014, 2pm PDT
Two former Mozilla engineers strive to merge big data with a 3D model of London and, potentially, other cities.
FastCompany
December 5, 2013, 2pm PST
Does not having the money to hire a world-class architect mean you shouldn't be able to build a well-designed house? A new website seeks to make high-quality design accessible to the masses with open source architecture.
Wired
June 28, 2013, 7am PDT
Carl Skelton argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to participate fully in the digital cities of the near future.
Places Journal
June 24, 2012, 7am PDT
A young artist in New Orleans launches a social experiment on the built environment, turning the walls of the city's buildings into a public forum.
Next American City
June 5, 2012, 5am PDT
Vancouver will attempt to address urban clutter with innovative multifunctional utility poles that house Wi-Fi and telecom services, as well as other amenities, designed by none other than famed novelist Douglas Coupland.
National Post
October 25, 2010, 11am PDT
Public domain activist Carl Malamud explains in this brief talk why he believes building, fire and safety codes should be taken out of the hands of the private companies that distribute them and made publicly accessible.
Boing Boing
October 25, 2010, 9am PDT
At the recent RailVolution conference in Portland, OR, Chris Smith of Portland Transport showed off a cheap and simple display device that uses open source data to display transit times in public spaces. His price? $200.
Steetsblog
September 9, 2010, 5am PDT
Civic Commons is a new non-profit that facilitates the sharing of information and knowledge on open city initiatives for open, data-driven, and collaborative city services.
Next American City
January 28, 2010, 11am PST
With the devastation in Haiti fresh in mind, <em>Good</em>'s Alissa Walker takes a look at the growing practice of sharing design ideas.
Good
October 16, 2009, 12pm PDT
A group of 200 volunteers with GPS devices will walk the streets of Atlanta this weekend to create a community-owned map of the city and its intricate details.
BBC
July 22, 2009, 8am PDT
Opening city data to the public was a relatively new idea when the District of Columbia began publishing its data streams online recently. As applications using the data developed, some in the District got a little weary of the idea.
Washington Monthly
February 1, 2009, 1pm PST
Mark Gorton, creator of Limewire started developing his GeoServer software in 1999. Recently Portland adopted the software to plan bus routes. Gorton wants to foster a new revolution in participatory planning.
Wired Blogs