Technology

December 19, 2007, 5am PST
A personal rapid transit (PRT) system is currently under construction as part of the renovation of London's Heathrow airport. The system is on track to begin operations within two years.
BBC
December 18, 2007, 9am PST
<p>High-tech businesses and industries are popping up in more and more rural towns, bringing jobs and boosting the economies of these small areas.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
December 14, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The urban lighting artist responsible for illuminating hundreds of Parisian landmarks tackles one last challenge before retiring: the Notre Dame Cathedral.</p>
The Globe & Mail
December 8, 2007, 7am PST
<p>No longer science fiction, autonomous vehicles have the potential to reshape the transportation landscape. But are drivers ready to let go of the wheel?</p>
The New York Times
December 6, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>GPS devices in Britain looking for the best routes possible are directing truck drivers through tiny towns without the proper road space and infrastructure to handle their loads. Some towns are thinking about requesting removal from the map.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
December 5, 2007, 9am PST

 In an earlier post, I wrote about how the EcoDensity Initiative here in Vancouver has been transforming the public dialogue about density ( http://www.planetizen.com/node/25399 ). Since then, over autumn, the conversations have intensified, with Vancouverites from all perspectives weighing in. Just Google "ecodensity" for a flavour of what’s being written, in media, articles, and blogs, etc. The community is very aware and engaged in this important initiative, and that’s a great thing. 

Brent Toderian
December 3, 2007, 1pm PST
Digital billboards are slowly cropping up in cities across the country. Federal officials have ruled them safe, but many opponents are calling them a blight and a safety hazard.
Stateline
November 30, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Unscrupulous Londoners have already learned how to beat that city's famed congestion charge system, and with Mayor Bloomberg's plan relying on the same technology, there are worries about a surge in license plate counterfeiting.</p>
WCBS 2 TV
November 15, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>How computer-aided design (CAD) changed manufacturing, architecture and engineering.</p>
Wired
November 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Road designers in Japan have created a system of specialized grooves on highway pavement that produce melodies when cars drive over them at certain speeds.</p>
The Guardian
November 13, 2007, 8am PST
<p>City officials in Tucson, Arizona, have called off plans to implement a citywide Wi-Fi system, opting instead to build access points only in those parts of the well-connected city where rates of access to the internet are low.</p>
Arizona Daily Star
Blog post
November 12, 2007, 5pm PST

XO-1 computerHere at Planetizen and Urban Insight, many of our efforts to serve the planning community take place on Windows and Mac computers that would, much like your own computers at your home and office (or even your sparkly new iPhone), dwarf even the most powerful machines of a generation ago. We use these computers to build websites, create maps, share data, explore 3D environments, design, organize databases, and lots of other tasks that can bring new worlds to life without shoveling an ounce of dirt.

Chris Steins
November 12, 2007, 9am PST
<p>MIT researchers are developing a car folds and stacks. It does not have gears, engine, or a transmission. And eight cars can be parked in one typical parking space.</p>
Network World
November 10, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Toll booths should be eliminated from the country's toll roads, according to Robert Poole.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
November 8, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Advances in reverse osmosis membrane technology are convincing more and more cities to invest in cleaning their own used water instead of piping it in from far-off reservoirs.</p>
VerdeXchange News
November 2, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>A new online visual mapping tool enables users to virtually tour places from a pedestrian's perspective online.</p>
Technology Review
October 28, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Joining the ranks of other major American cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Houston, St. Louis has lost its bid to build a citywide wi-fi network. AT&amp;T cites high costs as it pulls out.</p>
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Government officials in Rwanda are looking to the high-tech sector as a way to bring the country into economic viability. Rwanda is wiring up in hopes of becoming Africa's tech center.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters came to San Francisco to praise their proposed multi-pronged congestion pricing programs and other technologies that are designed to reduce traffic congestion increase transit usage.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>In this short video, <em>Wired</em>'s Adam Rogers talks with Cameron Sinclair of the Open Architecture Network.</p>
Wired Science