Artificial Intelligence

Exterior of Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas

Critiquing an AI-Generated Architecture Critic

Artificial intelligence is being used to generate all kinds of content. Can it successfully replace architecture critics, or does understanding place require physical presence?

January 23, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

Rendering of A.I. road monitoring camera

How A.I. Can Promote Vision Zero

Forget self-driving cars—some low-cost artificial intelligence tools can improve traffic safety now.

April 21, 2022 - The New York Times

Silicon Valley aerial view

How the AI Economy is Shaping Cities

Like other technologies, artificial intelligence tech seems to be clustering in a small group of cities, prompting questions about its uneven deployment.

September 27, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Social Media Apps

Social Media Bots and the Community Planning Process

Recently published research examines the "Role of Artificial Intelligence in Community Planning"—that is, the role of automated bots on social media in corrupting participatory planning processes.

November 20, 2020 - International Journal of Community Well-Being

Proterra Electric Bus

Studying AI's Potential to Optimize Public Transit Systems

Three projects are underway to optimize the efficiency and cost of public transit systems, thanks to government funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

October 29, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

William Penn

Using Artificial Intelligence to Map Telecommuting Prevalence

In the Philadelphia region, residents of wealthier neighborhoods will be more likely to work from home in the future, thus altering travel patterns and transit usage, according to a new mapping project powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

September 9, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Coronavirus Streets

Traffic Patterns Are Going to Change Drastically

While some bike-sharing systems are being shut off to reduce mobility, others are experiencing a sudden increase of demand as people avoid mass transit.

March 31, 2020 - Cities of the Future

City Planners

Are Urban Planning Jobs Safe From Automation?

A dive into the concepts and methodologies producing current academic research into the effect of automation of jobs in the urban planning field.

October 29, 2019 - Kayla Matthews


6 Ways Robots Are Changing City Planning and Development

Of course artificial intelligence has applications relevant to the practice of city planning.

September 25, 2019 - Kayla Matthews

Digital City

AI and the Digital City

Adie Tomer, of the Brookings Institution, writes about the role of artificial intelligence in the new digital age transforming cities.

July 31, 2019 - Brookings

Country Grid

Facebook AI Maps Population Density

Facebook expects to release its worldwide maps of human density in the coming months—potential applications will likely be somewhere on the spectrum between humanitarian and commercial.

April 11, 2019 - The Verge

Hotel California

Fake Airbnb Listings, Brought to You by Artificial Intelligence

This Airbnb Does Not Exist uses real Airbnb listings to make computer generated fakes.

March 1, 2019 - Futurism

An image of a 3D city block generated by ESRI CityEngine software

Oracle Launches Land Use and Development Software

The product uses artificial intelligence to manage zoning, code enforcement, and permitting for local governments.

October 31, 2018 - Government Technology


AI-Based Ride Hailing Spreads in Japan

A series of partnerships announced is pushing integrating taxi service and artificial intelligence in Japan.

February 22, 2018 - TechCrunch


China's Largest Online Retailer Using Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Congestion

A subsidiary of Alibaba, the massive online retailer, will deploy cloud computing and artificial intelligence to help relieve congestion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

January 30, 2018 - Quartz

Brisbane, CA

Using Satellite Imagery, This AI Traces Urban Wealth

Penny is an artificial intelligence program that detects affluence from space. It also lets users experiment with how different visual forms affect its perception of an area's wealth.

July 29, 2017 - CityLab

Artificial Intelligence Unlocks the Secrets of Neighborhood Change

Researchers at MIT and Harvard believe that their computer vision system (i.e., artificial intelligence) helps reveal fundamental characteristics of neighborhood change.

July 14, 2017 - MIT News

AI, Machine Learning Coming to the Property Management Business

A new era of rental property management technology will have effects on both the landlord and the tenant side of the equation.

March 15, 2017 - Forbes


Big Data Brings Bespoke Cities

This start-up uses an AI to comb through Google Street View images, matching users with cities that fit their "lifestyle preferences."

February 12, 2017 - Quartz

Cities Can't Afford To Be 'Data Poor'

Fundamentally, we are at a critical turning point in terms of how we think about data and how we use data for governments and cities as well as businesses and other institutions.

November 28, 2016 - Cities of the Future

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