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Many communities around the country participate in the annual bicycle and pedestrian count project, held September 14-20, sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council and Alta Planning and Design. Blog Post
8 hours ago   By Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Art student Diego Trujillo-Pisanty is considering what a future of domestic robot servants would do to the built environment.
Aug 5, 2011   BLDGBLG
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy released an interactive map displaying thousands of alternative fuel stations around the nation.
Aug 5, 2011   TheCityFix.com
Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common.
Aug 4, 2011   Design Mind
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a traveling exhibition that will visit nine cities in the next six years, providing a public space to explore the challenges of today's cities.
Aug 3, 2011   The Architect's Newspaper
At a two-acre site located 80 miles west of Ann Arbor, an engineering major at the Univ. of Michigan installed the state's largest solar farm with movable trackers that increase the amount of energy captured by almost 10%.
Aug 2, 2011   Ars Technica
In a remarkable show of cooperation between the auto industry and the administration, the two agreed upon the highest increase since the advent of fuel efficiency standards. Current standards require 35.5 mpg by 2016 - safeguards exist for problems.
Aug 1, 2011   The New York Times - Business Day
South Korea is making perhaps the biggest moves towards creating a vast "smart" electricity grid with a test grid of homes equipped with new meters and applications that communicate with each other and the grid.
Aug 1, 2011   The New York Times
New ideas are emerging to address the mobility issues faced by cities. One specific project focuses on the epicenter of congested America: Los Angeles.
Jul 28, 2011   Metropolis
Wave of the future, or glorified golf cart? Lisa Nisenson says that dismissing neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) is a mistake, and planners can use NEV planning to make more walkable urban centers. Exclusive
Jul 25, 2011  By Lisa Nisenson
Gov. Brown, a former AG who filed many lawsuits to protect the environment, sided with a renewable energy producer in a lawsuit to stop a huge solar thermal power project in the Mojave Desert on behalf of the threatened desert tortoise.
Jul 24, 2011   Environmental News Service