Technology

September 22, 2008, 8am PDT
This article from <em>Metropolis</em> looks at the plan for a magnetic-levitation train connecting Las Vegas and Anaheim, which has been brewing for years. But is this idea detracting from more feasible high speed rail plans?
Metropolis
September 18, 2008, 9am PDT
GM will soon unveil its SUV of the future – the 'plug-in' hybrid known as the Volt. Mitsubishi's new mini, all-electric car will soon go to market in Japan. The days of the gas-powered car are numbered- or are they?
The Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2008, 9am PDT
On this episode of <em>Smart City</em>, Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology discusses the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index.
Smart City
September 15, 2008, 9am PDT
"Good Morning America" in cooperation with Amtrak will launch a 'Whistle-Stop' Tour at Grand Central Station on Mon, Sept. 15 - one full week live, two hours daily from a moving train featuring five station stops, making for a 'technology first'.
ABC News
Feature
September 15, 2008, 5am PDT
Chuck Donley argues that planners should get over their fear of being pigeonholed as "the technically-savvy" one in the office and learn to embrace new graphics technologies like Google Earth.
Chuck Donley
September 8, 2008, 11am PDT
A collection of links to online sources for parking spots.
Mashable
September 8, 2008, 8am PDT
Tokyo finds solution to commuter bicycle parking shortage by building high-tech robotic garages.
The Washington Post
September 7, 2008, 11am PDT
The "creative class" is using the Internet and the blog world to drum up new ideas for combating sprawl and placelessness. This article argues it's only a matter of time before these urban thinkers go from blogging to local politics.
The St. Petersburg Times
September 7, 2008, 9am PDT
In a certain part of downtown Tampa, Florida, people have been complaining for years about car alarms randomly going off, or not working at all. It turns out that a local radio station's signal interference is the cause.
The St. Petersburg Times
September 4, 2008, 10am PDT
Engineers at USC have developed a new technique for '3-D printing' houses.
Boing Boing
Feature
September 4, 2008, 5am PDT
Human behavior and land use affect air quality, and those effects are very distinct at the local level. A new environmental game fusing public participation, air quality sensors and web technology shows how.
Nate Berg
August 30, 2008, 7am PDT
Equity Office Properties Trust is undertaking major green renovations for its Boston properties, citing fiscal benefits as the impetus. When complete, the work will likely serve as a model for the Company's holdings across the country.
The Boston Globe
Blog post
August 20, 2008, 1am PDT

An introduction to free tools for creating interactive information graphics.

As professionals shaping the built and natural environment, we have to process and communicate complicated concepts and data to peers and the public. We often use visuals such as maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate a concept or explore data.  Such visual representations are called information graphics or infographics.

Abhijeet Chavan
August 18, 2008, 10am PDT
Technologie Alpine de Sécurité creates gas-powered avalanche control systems. The blog Pruned shows pictures of the system installed at Val Thorens, France.
Pruned
Blog post
August 17, 2008, 9pm PDT

In a much discussed speech, ‘A Generational Challenge to Repower America,’ Al Gore challenged America to hit the off-switch on foreign oil and re-power itself with home-grown carbon-free energy– namely wind, solar and geothermal.

The predicted outcome Gore said would be a bold, energy independent nation ready to lead the world into the 21st century. However, such an effort, he asserted, would require “commitment to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And Laws will only change with leadership.”

Mike Lydon
August 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
An obviously Photoshopped cluster of trees appears in the Netherlands. What is someone hiding, and how are they hacking Google Earth?
Boing Boing
August 15, 2008, 1pm PDT
Google Streetview is slowly taking pictures of every street in the world, and capturing unexpected vignettes along the way like an Australian man passed out on his front lawn.
Gawker
August 15, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Austin considers a multi-billion dollar investment in a "biomass" power plant, burning wood waste in East Texas as a carbon-neutral, renewable energy source.
Austin American-Statesman
August 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Boise considers resurrecting their streetcar system after an 80 year absence.
The Boise Weekly
August 14, 2008, 6am PDT
New modeling software could soon be available that would allow monitoring across the internet of flood levels in specific areas- like your backyard.
Popular Mechanics