Technology

February 19, 2008, 8am PST
<p>A civil engineer has proposed a plan to create a "satellite" backup city of the Turkish metropolis of Instanbul -- a city precariously sited in a major earthquake area.</p>
Discovery
February 17, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A look at how the city's sustainability initiative, PlaNYC, is leading to greener streets in more ways than one.</p>
Streetsblog
Blog post
February 14, 2008, 8am PST

Rethinking College Park

Route 1Is College Park, Maryland a great college town? Although the town is home to a top-ranked national research university that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland, the town pales in comparison with the nation's best-liked college towns, whether Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ithaca, New York, or Charlottesville, Virginia. In this post I describe one attempt to use the internet to improve an aspiring college town.

Robert Goodspeed
February 13, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Boise State University's Centre for Creativity and Innovation has created and index of creative cities that's found Boise to be just about as creative as cities such as Portland and Seattle.</p>
Boise State University Focus Magazine
Blog post
February 11, 2008, 7am PST


 The Strange Maps blog is an eclectic collection of maps, diagrams, and cartoons. Some graphics featured on this blog are informative, some are creative, and others are completely bizarre.The website is maintained by an anonymous blogger. The posted graphic is often accompanied by informative notes. Here is a list of 21 maps that I found interesting:

Abhijeet Chavan
February 6, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A train capable of reaching speeds of 224 mph has been unveiled in France.</p>
BBC News
Blog post
January 27, 2008, 11pm PST
As technology becomes more an integral part of planning and public outreach around planning, the need for a “creative touch” becomes increasingly important. While technology can increase the quality and quantity of public input, it can also diminish the quality of human interaction and creativeness. As we look for technologies that engage citizens, we also need to find ways to utilize art materials, maps and other visuals, and encourage storytelling.
Ken Snyder
January 25, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A Washington D.C. developer is seeking feedback about possible redevelopment options through the social netowrking website facebook.com.</p>
Washington (D.C.) Business Journal
Blog post
January 21, 2008, 3pm PST

Like many world cities, Vancouver has a growing discussion on the issue of "iconic" architecture, one that I've been a part of and encouraging. This despite the fact that, like many urbanists, the word iconic actually makes me nervous.  

Brent Toderian
Blog post
January 15, 2008, 2pm PST

Matching Obstacles and Techniques (Part one of two)

Creating Smart Growth in our metropolitan areas is generally more complex than conventional auto-oriented development, more expensive, and requires more public involvement and coordination. The strong policies and regional cooperation planners desire to coordinate development have proven politically challenging. Unless planners are able to create systems that overcome these obstacles our efforts to encourage Smart Growth will be stymied. Luckily solutions are available, but they must be as nimble and resourceful as the forces they hope to counter.

Robert Goodspeed
Blog post
January 11, 2008, 10am PST

Often times I’m struck by the advances we’ve made in mapping, modeling and depicting our cities.  What was once the purview of mapmakers, surveyors or architects is now a democratized, engaging process that brings unexpected results.  And the more advanced the technology, the more transparent our cities seem to become. 

Scott Page
Feature
January 7, 2008, 7am PST
Two high-profile Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems are currently under construction, and their implementation could serve as a model for how cities can better connect their existing transit systems to improve mobility.
Jerry Schneider
January 6, 2008, 7am PST
<p>A private firm has announced a proposal that would create a free wireless Internet network in the entire city of San Francisco.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2008, 1pm PST
Many big cities' plans for free citywide Wi-Fi networks fell apart in 2007. But this column from Governing argues that cities should keep broadband Internet access as a priority to remain competitive.
Governing
January 2, 2008, 10am PST
<p>In an academic journal article, noted geographer Michael Goodchild argues that user-generated content can profoundly impact Geographic Information Systems.</p>
Science Daily
January 1, 2008, 9am PST
<p>1808 - 1908 - 2008, 2108. The New York Times looks at two centuries of predictions and invites ten New Yorkers to imagine New York City a century from today, in 2108.</p>
The New York Times
December 27, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The Pentagon and an international consortium are investigating the feasibility of 'beaming back' solar energy from a network of space-based satellites and Pacific island-based antennae that could begin operating as early as 2012.</p>
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The Minneapolis citywide wi-fi network is expected to become self-sustaining by February, according to officials.</p>
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
December 26, 2007, 8am PST
<p>A new trial in the San Francisco Bay Area has riders using their phone to pay for transit fare.</p>
Banking Unwired
December 22, 2007, 5am PST
<p>New types of pavements are being tested in Washington that make highway traffic noticeably quieter.</p>
The Seattle Times