March 16, 2020, 11am PDT
A legal battle is being waged between the coal-exporting states of Utah, Wyoming, and Montana and coastal cities in California, Oregon, and Washington that pits the power of local land-use authority against the protection of interstate commerce.
January 16, 2020, 12pm PST
While hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are much less popular than their battery-powered siblings, California remains committed to the zero-emission technology, with three state agencies investing in and monitoring its progress.
January 8, 2020, 12pm PST
Toyota plans to break ground on the "Woven City" future city prototype in 2021.
September 27, 2019, 11am PDT
Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in the United States, but cities have been slow to implement effective policies and road design measures to change the trend.
September 6, 2019, 1pm PDT
The paper of record in a Texas oil town is a surprising place to find an article singing the praises of a society built on public transit instead of the automobile.
April 6, 2019, 11am PDT
Japan's system of zoning appears highly capable of fostering mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods. How does Japanese zoning differ from our own, and what factors caused those differences?
March 17, 2019, 5am PDT
As the world becomes more encased in concrete, the detrimental effects of its widespread use are increasing in scale and severity.
December 24, 2018, 5am PST
Due to an aging populace, lackluster construction quality, and other factors, Japan is facing a glut of abandoned homes. For those with the ability to live there, these homes can be had for next to nothing.
November 30, 2018, 5am PST
Touring Japan for strange but beautiful buildings.
November 18, 2018, 5am PST
A key ring route in Tokyo's massive collection of rail lines, the JR Yamanote Line is a public transit aficionado's wildest dream. Reece Martin offers a guided tour of the line, available from the comfort of any YouTube-enabled screen.
October 29, 2018, 8am PDT
Data visualizations illustrate the catastrophic consequences of single-digit global temperature increases.
October 5, 2018, 6am PDT
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 25, followed by a massive tsunami. Soil liquefaction caused by the tremor resulted in 1,700 homes being "swallowed" as the soil shifted. Deaths exceeded 1,400 on Oct. 3.
June 6, 2018, 12pm PDT
Japan prioritizes technological advancement to grow its economy.
May 23, 2018, 2pm PDT
A Shinkansen train will launching service on June 30 with Hello Kitty seats, benches, and a dining car.
May 21, 2018, 5am PDT
Births and birth rates dropped to a 30-year low, not an issue of concern yet, but if the trend continues, the U.S. could join other developed nations that must deal with the consequences of an aging population. Immigration plays an uncertain factor.
May 7, 2018, 5am PDT
Bus drivers in Japan put blankets over fare boxes and continue to drive their routes, in order to serve their passengers while on strike.
February 22, 2018, 6am PST
A series of partnerships announced is pushing integrating taxi service and artificial intelligence in Japan.
November 17, 2017, 11am PST
Early or late, a train that leaves "not on time" is unacceptable in Japan.
November 14, 2017, 12pm PST
When it comes to prefabricated housing, Japan is far ahead of the rest of the world. Will techniques from Japan's efficient modular home manufacturers inform a growing prefab industry in the United States?
October 24, 2017, 1pm PDT
Despite the presence of a formidable (and expensive) underground flood control system, Tokyo may confront floods and rainfall that will challenge the city's capacity to protect itself.