We Wish These Retrofuturistic Versions Of American Cities Had Come True

In the first half of the 20th century, artists came up with gorgeous designs for New York City, Columbus, Houston, and other American cities, imagining them as havens of efficient transportation, dense urban living, and space age architecture. » 1/08/15 3:20pm 1/08/15 3:20pm

Can a "Cityhenge" Happen in Your City at Sunset?

At sunset tonight, anyone in Manhattan can flock to the major thoroughfares for the bi-annual sunset that aligns perfectly with the city grid. But Manhattan isn't the only city with a Stonehenge-day to illuminate concrete canyons of skyscrapers. » 5/29/14 3:12pm 5/29/14 3:12pm

Yes, the Google Bus is affecting rental prices in San Francisco

The Google bus riots were one of the most futuristic protests that the San Francisco Bay Area has ever seen. But is the protesters' rage against rich techies misplaced? According to one city planner, there is some truth to the idea that these shuttles raise rents. » 1/28/14 1:17pm 1/28/14 1:17pm

Watch Manhattan turn into the TRON Game Arena from hell

How do you turn your pizza delivery bike into a TRON light cycle? Simple: slap a GPS tracker on the back, run your delivery routes, then add the light ribbons in later. Do that with enough bicycles, and you get the beautiful view of nighttime delivery routes featured here. » 6/25/12 12:20pm 6/25/12 12:20pm

How to stop the water wars of 2050

Urban population growth is skyrocketing. The majority of people on Earth live in cities, and most of the water they drink has to be shipped in. Scientists say that by 2050, many cities will have seasonal water shortages. » 3/31/11 1:51pm 3/31/11 1:51pm

The Most Fantastical Cities On Earth, As Chosen By Ursula K. Le Guin…

Their books take you to strange cities from other planets, alternate histories and mythical realms. But what real-life cities inspire Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, Nalo Hopkinson and China Miéville? The SharedWorlds project found out, with fascinating results. » 6/17/09 12:00pm 6/17/09 12:00pm