Tech Trends for Cities and States
Smart cities technology is well behind schedule, but the technology industry hasn’t given up on new digital solutions, self-driving cars, curb management, and AI-powered systems.
A Sustainable Future Requires Smart, Data-Driven Public Transport Networks
Devin de Vries, CEO of WhereIsMyTransport, makes the case for new and improved mobility as a tool for sustainability and equitable economic development.
Gig Workers Demand Data Transparency
Access to data for gig workers can provide a valuable source of information and bargaining power in a traditionally opaque and risky industry.
An Expanded Approach to the Analysis of Cities
Even with so much data in the world, cities are a slippery subject. What if an everyday part of life in cities—the "scenes" comprised by businesses, people, and practices of similarly distinct aesthetics—can help our understanding?
A Big New Crop of Cities Achieves 'What Works Cities' Certification
The Bloomberg Philanthropies certification program has added 16 cities to its growing list of cities committing to the use of data for improving municipal programs and services.
New Opportunities for Big Data in Pandemic-Era Urban Planning
Big data startups and corporations are collecting information that can help planners make informed decisions about how to facilitate social distancing. Will planners center data-driven decisions in other planning processes?
Unreliable Data, Contract Issues Slow San Diego's Smart Streetlights Program
A public-private partnership between the city of San Diego and GE Current to develop a smart streetlights program started in 2017 has not lived up to expectations three years and $300 million dollars later.
'We Live in Cities of the Cloud': Transformation of the Urban World in the On-Demand Age
On-demand technology has vastly transformed cities by changing everything from the way we shop and travel to how markets target and serve us.
Study: It's Not Hard to Connect Anonymous Data to Specific Individuals
People have had to take it on faith that data anoymization was adequate to the task of protecting privacy of individuals. Recent research suggests such faith was misplaced.
The State of Mobility as a Service Platforms
With so many new mobility options available in cities, mobility as a service (MaaS) platforms have a lot of work to do for a lot of people. Development is still catching up to the scope of the endeavor.
The Problem With All Those 'Livability' Rankings
Why is it that smallish cities in western Europe always score so well? Perhaps the underlying assumptions behind ostensibly data-driven "livability" rankings cater to a certain audience and leave most of us out.
Promised Data-Driven Infrastructure On Hold at Hudson Yards
When the Manhattan megadevelopment got its start, big data was a major part of Hudson Yards' marketing pitch. Now it's "probably the last thing we'll get to."
A More Complete Picture of the 'Smart City' Plans in Toronto
The game changing redevelopment proposed by Sidewalk Labs for the Toronto waterfront district of Quayside took new shape recently after the company presented an updated draft of its plan.
San Diego Adding 4,200 IoT Sensors to City Streets
Details emerged this week of a massive "Internet of Things" (IoT) project in San Diego, California.
How Social Physics Explains About the World
Big data has ushered in a new era of Social Physics.
Sidewalk Labs Launches 'Operating System' for Urban Data
The 'Coord' platform will give mobility companies a centralized place to access and use local data on parking, curb space, tolls, and the like.
'Smart Columbus Operation System' Looking for Developers
"Smart City" plans for the city of Columbus are taking shape.
Next From China: Bikeshare Without the Station
Led by the companies Mobike and Ofo, so-called "dockless" bike sharing is all the rage in Chinese cities. Unlocked by app, the bikes can be left anywhere for the next user to pick up. There have been some hiccups.
Engineers Are Testing an Intelligent Pipeline Infrastructure
Sensing capabilities and advanced building materials are redefining the resilience of infrastructure systems of all kinds.
Who's Mapping Gentrification, and Where?
In these cities, data on gentrification has been compiled to build mapping tools documenting the process. The hope is to identify neighborhoods where low-income residents are at risk of displacement.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Chaddick Institute at DePaul University
Park City Municipal Corporation
National Capital Planning Commission
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.