World

February 9, 2009, 5am PST
For decades, people have been talking about how driverless cars would make highway traffic a thing of the past. Randal O'Toole asks, where are they?
The Antiplanner
February 8, 2009, 7am PST
In the new version of Google Earth, you can compare aerial imagery from the past with current development on the site.
DigitalUrban
February 7, 2009, 7am PST
In response to an essay on restricting outdoor advertising in L.A., designer and lawyer Lawrence Barth argues that putting these decisions into the hands of groups -- whether city- or activist-led -- can lead to unintended consequences.
Design Observer
February 7, 2009, 5am PST
This slideshow from <em>Treehugger</em> offers visions of the future of cities -- from decades ago and today.
Treehugger
February 6, 2009, 1pm PST
The patterns of leafcutter ants are not unlike vehicular traffic patterns, yet they never get stuck in traffic or get in accidents. This article shows what we can learn from them, and why we probably never will.
Wired Science
February 6, 2009, 9am PST
As long as temperatures, population, and industrialization continue rising, the earth's water supply is in big trouble, as mapped here by German researchers.
BBC News
February 5, 2009, 12pm PST
The suburbs are struggling right now, but they are still around, physically. Allison Arieff asks what will happen to them next?
The New York Times
February 3, 2009, 1pm PST
Brad Templeton, chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes that robot-driven cars will become commonplace on our roads in the next decade or two.
Boing Boing
February 3, 2009, 6am PST
New updates to the online visualization program Google Earth add oceans to the image-based virtual version of the planet.
The New York Times
February 3, 2009, 5am PST
This three-part series from the <em>BBC</em> looks at bicycles in the modern world -- from Paris to Uganda to India.
BBC
February 2, 2009, 10am PST
Environmental activists and other organizations are using Google Earth to document environmental damage and to promote their various causes.
Conscious Choice
January 31, 2009, 1pm PST
As rural villagers abandon farms for the city, tropical lands are reverting to rainforests.
The New York Times
January 30, 2009, 7am PST
A futuristic-looking, carbon-neutral development is rising on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, featuring residential buidlings designed to mimic the country's famous Seven Peaks.
Loudreams
January 28, 2009, 2pm PST
Fighting global warming could be as simple as a paint job -- a global, sun-reflecting, white-wash paint job, according to scientist Hashem Akbari.
Guardian
January 27, 2009, 7am PST
Columnist Blair Kamin says that the Obama presidency puts a nail in the coffin of starchitecture, and introduces an age of sustainable buildings and an emphasis on infrastructure.
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2009, 10am PST
Architect Wes Jones argues that architecture is "an argument for a better world". But the general public doesn't understand how. Neither do most architects, writes Christopher Hume.
The Toronto Star
January 26, 2009, 5am PST
WebUrbanist brings together fifteen innovative, creative, and absurd experiments in parking, from VW's robot stacker to eco parking to parking meters on gravestones.
WebUrbanist
January 25, 2009, 1pm PST
The downturn in the economy has hurt the auto industry, leaving many cars unsold. Storage of these cars is becoming a problem for many automakers.
Guardian
January 25, 2009, 9am PST
Light reflecting from streets and glass buildings in cities have been found in a recent study to disrupt animal behavior.
BBC
January 24, 2009, 7am PST
Architects form the University of British Columbia are calling on cities to "go wild" -- mainly by integrating ecological features into the cityscape to make it more self-contained. The result would be both sustainable and exciting, they say.
The Tyee