Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

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?

July 6, 2020 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Neighborhood-Based Apps

Nextdoor Getting Cozy With Local Officials

CityLab investigates the practices of company officials at Nextdoor to cultivate relationships with police and local officials.

May 28, 2020 - CityLab

Surveillance Technology

Will Infrastructure Planners Become Responsible for Facial Recognition Systems?

Facial recognition offers both benefits and risks. Planners can have a role in ensuring more of the former than the latter.

April 1, 2020 - Kayla Matthews

Security Camera

New Orleans 'Smart City' Program Would Install Video Cameras in Public

The video cameras would be used to collect data on street light outages, but could also potentially used by police in the city's crime surveillance program.

February 27, 2020 - The Lens

Security Cameras

Use of Private Surveillance Grows With the Help of Cheap AI Tech

As the technology gets cheaper, AI surveillance systems are gaining popularity in some parts of the country, like the neighborhood of Magnolia in Seattle.

December 9, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Smart City

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Smart City

Technology is infiltrating every aspect of our lives, but, according to this article, we shouldn't underestimate the nefarious role it plays in urban spaces.

November 22, 2019 - Real Life

Transportation Network Companies

Uber Could Record Rides in the U.S.

Uber wants to launch a program in the United States soon that would allow users to consent to an audio recording of their ride.

November 21, 2019 - The Washington Post

Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

Which U.S. Cities Have the Most Surveillance?

Atlanta has more surveillance residents per resident than any other U.S. city.

September 23, 2019 - Route Fifty


The Car-Centric World and the Ongoing Expansion of Police Powers

While cars are still equated with freedom of mobility and personal liberty, they've also offered courts the chance to expand police powers in the public realm, time and time again.

July 23, 2019 - The Atlantic

New York City WiFi

'Smart Cities' and Surveillance

The big city isn't such an anonymous place anymore.

June 30, 2019 - The New York Times

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.