May 18, 2017, 12pm PDT
Instead of a disused rail line, Seoul will repurpose one of its many old overpasses. The goal is to introduce green space and build up connective pedestrian infrastructure.
May 16, 2017, 12pm PDT
Visitors to Japan’s theme-park-style disaster preparation centers can experience simulated quakes, typhoons, and fires. Perhaps a similar idea would be helpful in part of the United States?
May 10, 2017, 5am PDT
Kiribati’s former president Anote Tong faces climate change’s implications head on and see hope, even as islands become an early warning system for the international community.
March 17, 2017, 12pm PDT
A New Zealand river revered by the Maori people is granted the status of a living being by the country's parliament.
November 22, 2016, 11am PST
An exploration of how adventure playgrounds enable freedom for children living in a world full of helicopter parents.
October 21, 2016, 9am PDT
An interview with a photographer about his unflattering pictures of train riders in Tokyo's crowded subway.
October 8, 2016, 11am PDT
The country of French Polynesia is on the verge of permitting a floating city, funded by wealthy Silicon Valley interests and sustained by utopian dreams.
September 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Japanese cities and citizens look to Portland for inspiration.
August 28, 2016, 5am PDT
The population of Nagoro, Japan has declined in recent years from 300 to just 30 people. Local artist Tsukimi Ayano has populated the village with scarecrows to replace some of the familiar community figures who are now gone.
August 16, 2016, 8am PDT
Confronting a problem that affects roughly 75 percent of the world's population, a new system will give every place on Earth an address based on three words.
July 17, 2016, 11am PDT
Often overlooked, alleys can be transformed into valuable community spaces
July 5, 2016, 1pm PDT
How cities around the world have approached thinking about how water management fits in to urban planning.
March 31, 2016, 12pm PDT
As of Saturday, Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, was connected to Tokyo by the newest addition to Japan's iconic Shinkansen bullet trains. The 513-mile route includes 33.4 miles in "the world's deepest operational main-line rail tunnel."
March 13, 2016, 11am PDT
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied a contentious $7.5 billion Liquefied Natural Gas export facility, pipeline, and power plant in Coos Bay, Ore., which had received environmental clearance.
January 24, 2016, 1pm PST
The new record for skyscrapers built in a year brakes the record set by the previous year. The record is expected to be set again next year.
January 8, 2016, 12pm PST
A plan in Singapore to transform the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway will create a linear park ten times longer than the High Line.
October 18, 2015, 11am PDT
The China Railway International Group, working with the Chinese Export-Import Bank, responded to the California High-Speed Rail Authority's "expressions of interest." They teamed up with China Development Bank to beat out the Japanese in Indonesia.
October 14, 2015, 11am PDT
With fewer human workers available to meet demand, Japanese construction company Komatsu is turning to automated equipment and drones.
August 30, 2015, 7am PDT
Essayist and novelist Pico Iyer visits Las Vegas and Pyongyang in rapid succession to find that the capital of freedom and fun is not so dissimilar from the wan capital of the Hermit Kingdom.
August 12, 2015, 10am PDT
Better Cities & Towns gives its imprimatur to the "narrower is better" approach to lane width for traffic safety thanks to a study by Toronto transportation planner, Dewan Masud Karim, presented at the Canadian ITE annual conference.