September 1, 2016, 8am PDT
The continued improvement of digital technology should benefit evidence-based policy and decision-making. Welcome to a new era of planning simulations.
August 30, 2016, 12pm PDT
The Kavli HUMAN Project will collect data at an unprecedented scale—from the lives of 10,000 New Yorkers.
August 17, 2016, 5am PDT
Data collection used for planning purposes has traditionally focused on cars, rather than people. So far, innovative transportation technologies seem unconcerned with changing that pattern.
August 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Two planning researchers, one a professor at Tufts and another independent, make the case against apps as a panacea for urban problems.
June 29, 2016, 1pm PDT
A project launched several years ago in New York City is making its way to cities around the world—much like the bacteria that the world's billions of transit users transfer around the surfaces of subway trains, stations, and buses.
Centre for Genomic Regulation
June 17, 2016, 9am PDT
A data-sharing partnership announced in January 2015 has so far produced underwhelming results.
June 9, 2016, 2pm PDT
The exact moment when new digital and Internet technologies fundamentally changed the practice of planning is debatable, but that the profession has been irrevocably altered is not debatable.
April 5, 2016, 5am PDT
Amid the ubiquitous, and inconsistent, reportage on rising rents and housing prices, a guide from City Observatory helps point readers toward the most accurate numbers.
March 18, 2016, 6am PDT
The 2015 Inrix Traffic Scorecard provides less useful information about traffic problems than previous editions, as discussed in this City Observatory Commentary.
March 6, 2016, 9am PST
Metro, the transit agency for Los Angeles County, could be the first to peak under the hood at trip data generated by Lyft.
February 24, 2016, 8am PST
A mapping project lead by Facebook's Connectivity Lab is gathering data from all over the atmosphere, and beyond, to make a comprehensive map of the world's buildings.
January 22, 2016, 11am PST
These days, Big Data is the topic at hand, but Arup's Vincent Lee says data analysis can only go so far. He uses his work on the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to illustrate why a "human element" is crucial to finding solutions.
December 1, 2015, 1pm PST
It is now next to impossible to reside anonymously in a modern city. Why? Because data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction leaves a digital marker that can be mined by anyone...
October 25, 2015, 5am PDT
With so many potential sources of data with which to analyze traffic behaviors and real-time conditions, University of Toronto engineers have created an online portal that could one day help drive a system populated with autonomous cars.
October 14, 2015, 6am PDT
One of the world's most popular navigation apps, Waze, has aggregated the data generated by 50 million users to develop a "Driver's Satisfaction Index." Perhaps surprisingly, auto-oriented Phoenix, Arizona leads all cities on the index.
October 9, 2015, 9am PDT
The workout-tracking app Strava provided generous access to its data to allow a compare and contrast exercise in how people ride bikes in 12 of the most famous cities in the world.
September 3, 2015, 6am PDT
The potential of "Smart Cities" is still very much under negotiation. Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard University surveyed what cities are doing so far to take advantage of the Internet of things.
Data-Smart City Solutions
July 20, 2015, 2pm PDT
Planners will be presented with new challenges and opportunities in a new era of data-enhanced government.
July 16, 2015, 2pm PDT
As city planners we are increasingly recording, measuring, and organizing city data—a practice known as urban science. Learn about resources across the globe helping to better understand our cities.
June 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Earlier in June, Google announced the creation of an "urban innovation company" called Sidewalk Labs. One writer explains the genesis of the company as well as its potential for the future of how cities operate.