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Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Over the past few years, the idea of smart cities has come into vogue.  Usually this refers to city governments using information technology (i.e., some form of digital surveillance) to manage infrastructure more efficiently.   Planetizen recently highlighted a post by Mike Clay of Wodehouse that puts a slightly different spin on the technology: . . […]

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Planetizen’s Best Planning & Development Websites for 2013

Planetizen’s Best Planning & Development Websites for 2013

Planetizen just announced its best websites devoted to planning and development for 2013.  The list highlights some amazing resources that can be found online including: Abandoned America:  Matthew Christophe has made it his mission to document the “mesmerizing beauty and lost history” embodied in abandoned buildings throughout the United States. BlightStatus: . . . .a […]

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US’s Aging Infrastructure Must Respond to Aging Population

US’s Aging Infrastructure Must Respond to Aging Population

We constantly read about America’s aging infrastructure.  According to the Atlantic Cities blog, not only is it aging, it needs to be reconfigured to serve that other rapidly aging piece of the American landscape–its human population: We often talk colloquially about the “fast pace of city living,” and that pace actually has a default speed: […]

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New Report:  Home Ownership Will Remain Important to US Economy

New Report: Home Ownership Will Remain Important to US Economy

Newgeography just released a new report on the future of the American housing market: . . . [Media] reports of foreclosed housing in suburban tracts, particularly in the exurban reaches of major metropolitan areas, led to widespread reports of the “death of suburbia” and the imminent rise of a new, urban-centric “generation rent.” Yet despite […]

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Fractals, Design and Quality of Life

Fractals, Design and Quality of Life

This may be the geekiest post ever on this site.  But it is probably worth reading if you are interested in the effect of physical design on quality of life.  Over at Fast Company’s co.Design blog, architect Lance Hosey writes about some potentially revolutionary research findings. It starts with the fact that researchers have concluded […]

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Technology, Cities and MOOCs

Technology, Cities and MOOCs

In this one post, we get to cover three topics that interest us most:  technological innovation, urbanism and MOOCs (massive open online courses).  Ohio State professor of city and regional planning Jennifer Evans-Connelly reports on her experience teaching a course on technology and the city as a MOOC: With 21,225 people from across the globe […]

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