October 12, 2009, 5am PDT
The problem with white roofs is that while they keep apartments and the atmosphere cool, come winter people want that heat to absorb. A new high-tech roofing material switches from white to black when needed.
October 9, 2009, 5am PDT
These maps are distorted to emphasize areas with higher populations. Check out the warped US and bloated Australia.
August 24, 2009, 2pm PDT
Some estimate that almost 50% of current projects in Dubai are on hold or canceled. Can Dubai recover from the financial crisis?
July 11, 2009, 11am PDT
The "smart" grid powered by renewable energy sources is likely to be fundamentally different from the current electricity system in more ways than one. Some say it won't be as large-scale as it is now. That's not what utility companies want to hear.
June 20, 2009, 5am PDT
At PieLab in Greensboro, Alabama, locals mingle with designers attempting to do use design to do good, with a slice of pie on the side.
May 27, 2009, 10am PDT
With communities balking at the purported ugliness of windtowers and solar panels, a Dutch company proposes using nature's own designs.
May 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Recent studies in neuroscience show that the design of the built environment affects the way you feel and your behavior. New brain scan technology is revealing emotional reactions to color choice, rounded corners, and ceiling height.
April 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Alissa Walker poses numerous questions about design, including that of buildings, and how it should reflect on the current economy.
April 4, 2009, 9am PDT
Online sources for house plans are cutting the architect out of the home building process. One site is now making available the plans of well-known architects like William Turnbull.
March 13, 2009, 6am PDT
Fast Company blogger Michael Cannell says the economic crisis stands to make big winners out of the new urbanists.
August 9, 2008, 7am PDT
The current downturn in the housing industry may be opening the door for a greener upswing.
June 5, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Fast Company highlights Chicago and London, their picks for U.S. and Global Cities of the Year, respectively. Whatever you think of the way such lists come together, these are interesting profiles of two vibrant municipalities.</p>
September 28, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The U.S. Green Building Council's green building certification system LEED has become the industry standard in recent years, but is the system's intended goal of encouraging environmentally-friendly buildings being limited by its success?</p>
August 20, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A recently-compiled list commends the world's "fastest" cities -- those that are moving forward and benefitting their citizens and businesses along the way.</p>
January 14, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Citing real estate growth for both the decadent and the practical, urban planners are predicted to be in high demand for 2007.</p>
August 9, 2006, 5am PDT
Writer Greg Lindsay discusses his article "Rise of the Aerotropolis" which was featured in the July/August issue of Fast Company.
July 25, 2006, 7am PDT
As global competition increases, mega airports are becoming more prevalent, and more important. From Dubai to Hong Kong to Bangkok to India, these emerging 'airport cities', or 'aerotropolis' are being designed as the center of new urban regions.
January 5, 2006, 8am PST
Planners are not the only ones figuring out how to respond to the challenge of 'the Biggest Box Ever Built.'
November 14, 2005, 5am PST
Fast Company identifies the fifteen top up-and-coming hubs for creative workers.
November 12, 2005, 1pm PST
Richard Florida answers questions about his thesis -- that the Creative Class is a distinct segment that drives innovation, creates urban success, and is critical to American competitiveness.