Technology

Blog post
January 4, 2016, 2pm PST
A list of mobile apps that support planning, as part of an annual update. Learn about exciting new ways to explore cities and enhance planning via mobile apps. Please feel free to add your own favorites.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
January 3, 2016, 11am PST
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has released a series of futuristic and amazing drawings that envision what sustainable, floating cities could possibly look like.
Huffpost Science
December 28, 2015, 11am PST
Google and Ford have partnered to bring together their software know-how with their auto building know-how as the launch of autonomous cars moves one step closer.
Yahoo! Autos
December 25, 2015, 7am PST
Couldn't find what the perfect gift for the plannerd in your life? There's always next year.
CityLab
December 23, 2015, 2pm PST
Researchers found a small uptick in Manhattan traffic during rush hour, as Uber gains more riders from 4 to 7 p.m. than taxis lose. Uber also holds general sway over the other boroughs when it comes to for-hire vehicles.
FiveThirtyEight
December 21, 2015, 12pm PST
Responding to aggravated parkers in Los Angeles, a citizen's advisory committee has come up with a raft of recommendations to make parking fines fairer and to add technological innovation for finding a parking space and avoiding tickets.
KPCC
December 19, 2015, 7am PST
Code for America has released an Engagement Standard that provides concepts for measuring the quality of new engagement platform technology—not a bad tool to have in the perpetual quest to increase the quality of engagement processes.
User Experience Magazine
December 18, 2015, 12pm PST
A new app called Walc makes navigating while walking easier to do. Even more ambitiously, Walc aims to make it easier to make the choice to walk, rather than drive.
Fast Coexist
December 18, 2015, 11am PST
The Mapillary app allows users to upload their street-level photos into a geo-tagged sequence.
The Mapillary Blog
December 18, 2015, 10am PST
After 500 hours of analyzing its downtown transit center, Anchorage officials have come to one conclusion: The only way to fix this building is to shut it and gut it. The transit center, over three decades, has become a blight on Downtown.
Alaska Commons
Feature
December 18, 2015, 5am PST
The results of a year's worth of writing, reading, sharing, and commenting are in. These are the most popular Planetizen posts from the year 2015.
James Brasuell
December 16, 2015, 12pm PST
A new online mapping project called American Panorama earned rave reviews this week from CityLab and Gizmodo.
CityLab
December 16, 2015, 5am PST
Two Texas universities received a federal grant to embed sensors in road asphalt to create renewable electricity from the wind created by passing vehicles to power roadside lights and traffic signals.
Energy Harvesting Journal
December 14, 2015, 10am PST
With better predictions, an app may help alleviate the urban annoyance of waiting for the bus that was supposed to arrive 10 minutes ago.
Medium
December 13, 2015, 11am PST
Everyone seems to do it, in fact you may be doing it right now, but beware the injuries that await from distracted walking.
New York Times - Well
December 11, 2015, 12pm PST
A recent report casts light on a lack of preparation by cities for the future of transportation.
Tech Insider
December 11, 2015, 6am PST
Created with input from historian Mark Footer, this tool overlays street views of modern Hong Kong with historical photos from the colonial era through the 20th century.
HotelClub
December 9, 2015, 1pm PST
How can cities in dry climates become self-sufficient in terms of water? California based Dry Lands Institute is creating a digital design tool called Hazel that aims to address just that.
Doggerel
Feature
December 8, 2015, 2pm PST
Crowdfunding platforms have attracted attention for their capacity to bring together likeminded people from far-flung corners of the world. Worth building on, however, is the ability of some platforms to bring together neighborhoods and communities.
Robert Goodspeed
December 8, 2015, 10am PST
Draft regulations under consideration in Anchorage "would prohibit building large cellphone towers next to homes in dense urban settings."
Alaska Dispatch News