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?
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?
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.
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'.
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.
September 8, 2008, 11am PDT
A collection of links to online sources for parking spots.
September 8, 2008, 8am PDT
Tokyo finds solution to commuter bicycle parking shortage by building high-tech robotic garages.
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.
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.
September 4, 2008, 10am PDT
Engineers at USC have developed a new technique for '3-D printing' houses.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
August 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Boise considers resurrecting their streetcar system after an 80 year absence.
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.