Technology

March 14, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>An Internet networking site intended to help people organize rideshares is being unveiled in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, and many local officials hope the ease of arranging rides via the Internet will encourage more shared rides.</p>
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
March 14, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Will Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to provide free wireless access really benefit Los Angeles?</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A detailed 3D model of Berlin has been added to the program Google Earth, enabling visitors to "walk" through the virtual city and many of its historic sites and buildings. The city and Google expect further integration, with virtual stores and more.</p>
Der Spiegel
March 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The recently launched Open Architecture Network uses Web 2.0 technology to get designers to share their ideas to benefit the neediest members of global society.</p>
Wired News
Blog post
March 9, 2007, 11am PST

Are politicians becoming obsolete in the age of the Internet? Are they simply the 'middle-men' that will be replaced by votes cast directly by citizens? This was the issue before a veritable rock-star cast of poliltical insiders from California and around the country. So what is the G-Word?

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Chris Steins
Blog post
March 9, 2007, 6am PST

How useful is planning scholarship to planners in practice? Thirty years ago, the author of a British study of information use by planners found, "The journal is not a source of major importance to the planner in practice, though this statement must be taken to reflect inadequate privision and inadequate timeing for reading" (White, 1974). Perspectives differ, but at least some of the problem has been the difficulty of finding relevant scholarship at the moment it is needed. I believe that these difficulties have greatly reduced in the past few years, and that we are on the verge of an unprecedently increase in the use of scholarship in practice fueled by online bibliographic searching and retrieval. From both the scholar's and the practitioner's perspectives, this change will have substantial effects.

Bruce Stiftel
March 8, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Daily Wireless offers a review of the most connected cities in the World. Only two (or five, depending on how you count) are in the US. Several cities might surprise you.</p>
Daily Wireless
March 8, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Video billboards are coming to a town near you. But critics worry that these 'TVs in the sky' are a major safety hazard for motorists.</p>
USA Today
March 5, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Technology advances and oil prices above $50/barrel permit companies to extract far more oil from existing wells using secondary and tertiary recovery methods and target 'heavy' and other 'nonconventional' oil supplies as light oil reserves diminish.</p>
The New York Times
March 3, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Developers, neighborhood leaders and all interested parties will be able to track project approvals at every stage of the process.</p>
Austin American-Statesman
Blog post
February 28, 2007, 4pm PST

The impact of the urban grocery store gap, particularly on low-income communities, has been well documented. The presence of full-service grocery store can raise the economic value of surrounding property, serve as an anchor in commercial districts, provide an important source of jobs, and lower the daily cost of living for residents. In an era of skyrocketing obesity rates, public health research shows a strong correlation between the presence of a grocery store and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Lisa Feldstein
February 27, 2007, 11am PST
<p>An architect sculpts ever-changing atmospheres with light and recorded sound. Everything from jungle birds to ocean breezes to wind chimes enhance the experience of the built environment.</p>
NPR Weekend Edition
Blog post
February 23, 2007, 12pm PST

About two years ago, after teaching a course at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program on "Digitally Mediated Urban Space", I wrote an article for the architectural design journal Praxis that sought to do do two things: 1) make sense of the wide array of digital technologies that are being deployed in urban space, and 2) present a couple of places that I thought exemplified good and bad "design" of digital public spaces.

Recently, my research on context-aware computing - computing based on sensors and artificial intelligence - has led me to revisit this piece. Around the same time, I got a call from Lucas Graves, a friend who writes for Wired, and was doing a piece on technologies that are "perpetually around the corner". Lucas was mainly interested in things like videophones, but it coincided with a turn in my research to the applications side of context-awareness: smart cities, smart places, smart homes, and smart objects. As an urban planner, I immediately gravitated to thinking about smart cities and smart places, but wondered in the back of my mind - is this something that is really happening, or just another one of those technologies that are perpetually around the corner?

Anthony Townsend
February 23, 2007, 8am PST
<p>As a virtual world where anything goes grows up, it's problems are not so different from real world communities.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The winners of last year's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) artificial intelligence road race claim that they'll have a car ready to navigate urban traffic in less than a year.</p>
CNN
Blog post
February 16, 2007, 8am PST

Greetings Planetizen readers! I'd like to welcome everyone to our new blog -- called Planetizen Interchange. This is our latest effort to provide exposure to new ideas, encourage discourse that cuts across disciplinary boundaries, and bring together allied professionals.

Christian Madera
February 14, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced plans to create a citywide network providing free wireless Internet access. L.A. will join more than 300 cities nationwide that offer wireless access.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2007, 6am PST
<p>The city of Houston is looking to create a wi-fi wireless Internet access network that covers the entire city. If approved, this would be the largest citywide wi-fi network in North America.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
February 12, 2007, 7am PST
<p>This video from the <em>BBC</em> follows the journey of a car through the inner workings at an automated parking garage in New York City.</p>
BBC
February 7, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Enthusiasts are using Google Earth and Microsoft Live Search Maps for unexpected purposes.</p>
The Los Angeles Times