How Will Cities Change In The Dry, Dry Future?

Will cities in the future be re-designed to function "like sponges," to cope with droughts that will only become more severe thanks to climate change? » 1/23/15 3:20pm 1/23/15 3:20pm

As cities grow, their populations become more diverse — on a species level. As we move into the future, many wild animals will be living in urban areas alongside humans and their pets. Now, urban planners are figuring out new ways to make urban species diversity possible — without killing anyone. » 10/09/14 4:21pm 10/09/14 4:21pm

What Would It Take to Turn New York into a Megacity?

Something bizarre happened overnight: New York City's population grew to the size of Shanghai's, swelling from 8 million people to 24 million. It's like a natural disaster, but this tidal surge is made of human needs. Here's how we'll rebuild the city to make room for them all. » 10/02/14 12:08pm 10/02/14 12:08pm

To Truly Appreciate Modern Planned Cities, View Them From Above

While some of our modern cities are built over haphazard cowpaths, others are marvels of urban planning, with carefully plotted grids and streets radiating from the center. And we can see just how remarkable these cities are when we look down at them from above. » 9/10/14 3:30pm 9/10/14 3:30pm

This awesome intersection design is a dream come true for cyclists

A number of North American and European cities are introducing protected bike lanes, but they do little to help cyclists navigate through dangerous intersections. A proposal for a "protected intersection" could change that. » 2/24/14 12:30pm 2/24/14 12:30pm

Floating hotel could house Qatar's World Cup guests—or Bond villains

Where will Qatar put tens of thousands of football fans who will descend upon the nation for the 2022 World Cup? One proposal is to create an off-the-grid floating hotel island that could be towed to a new location once the tournament is over. » 2/10/14 1:20pm 2/10/14 1:20pm

This is what London's skyline could look like in 20 years

With more than 200 towers of heights 20 stories or greater planned to be built in London over the next 20 years, the UK's capital city is in for some big visual changes. Architectural visualization firm Hayes Davidson places those planned towers over a current image of London to imagine the future shape of London's… » 2/04/14 9:40am 2/04/14 9:40am

In the shade of the Möbius strip bridge

Soon, the planned community of the Meixi Lake District in Changsha, China will be graced by a bridge modeled after the legendary mathematical concept of the Möbius strip. » 11/13/13 9:51pm 11/13/13 9:51pm

What are cities doing to humanity?

Cities Are the Future of Human Evolution

Humans began to live in urban settlements about 7 thousand years ago. As humans continued to evolve over the millennia, so too did our cities. Now, our cities are about to change again — and they're going to look more like ancient Machu Picchu than the gleaming towers of glass and steel we have today. » 5/07/13 4:47pm 5/07/13 4:47pm

Detroit plans to shrink by leaving half the city in the dark

Detroit's population is shrinking. The city boasts 60% fewer residents today than it did in 1950, and, as we've seen, many of its grand buildings have been left to rot. Now Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants to concentrate the population in a smaller area by reducing the number of streetlights and leaving nearly half the… » 5/26/12 1:00pm 5/26/12 1:00pm

The Surreal Graffiti Left Behind in an Abandoned Village

In the 1990s, the government of Belgium ordered everybody to abandon the small, historic village of Doel to make room for the port of Antwerp. Most residents left unwillingly, and in their wake came a wave of squatters and artists who turned the town into a strange, haunting art installation. Over at Weird Fiction… » 4/18/12 5:14pm 4/18/12 5:14pm

Hong Kong engineers want to expand the city by building parts of it…

While other cities grow by building out or up, Hong Kong is looking to increase its usable space by building down. An urban planning initiative is exploring the possibility of burying some of the city's more unsightly facilities underground, freeing the above-ground land for future development. » 3/25/12 1:00pm 3/25/12 1:00pm

A science fictional map of San Francisco as an archipelago city

125 thousand years ago, San Francisco was an island. And soon it will be one again, thanks to rising sea levels. Excellent San Francisco blog Burrito Justice has just posted their latest masterpiece — a science fiction story (with infographics!) about city planning squabbles in the 2070s, when San Francisco has… » 3/21/12 4:53pm 3/21/12 4:53pm

Fantastical places around the world where you can live in a cave

You don't need to be an eccentric billionaire or rugged survivalist to take up residence in a cave. All around the globe, living in an rocky recess is just a fact of life and can be way more homey than any manmade structure. Here are some real estate destinations to investigate should you attempt to cultivate that… » 1/26/12 7:20am 1/26/12 7:20am

The Massive Ultra-bright Street Lights that Could Never Be Turned Off

When electric power was in its infancy, there was a debate on how exactly to light up a city. Today we have settled on streetlights lining the sidewalks, but once upon a time, they had giant towers that re-created the moon. » 1/18/12 10:36am 1/18/12 10:36am

Inhale car exhaust to cope with city life

Cities are dirty, noisy warrens of closely-packed humans. Now scientists from Tel Aviv have gathered evidence that suggests we cope with the stresses of urban life by breathing carbon monoxide, an odorless poison gas found in car exhaust. » 11/09/11 8:00am 11/09/11 8:00am

Why the hurricane Irene evacuations in New York City were a success

When hurricane Irene failed to flood Manhattan as predicted over the weekend, many called the evacuation an overreaction to media hype - one local told the New York Times he was "embarrassed." But scientists and civil engineers say the city's response made good sense. » 8/30/11 8:00am 8/30/11 8:00am

Singapore will soon become more garden than city

In a recently proposed 10-year development plan, Singapore aims to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden." The proposal marks the latest milestone in the city's decades-long effort to become an eco-city. » 8/11/11 3:48pm 8/11/11 3:48pm

How urban planning accidentally created the perfect space for protest…

Dwell magazine has a fascinating interview with UC Berkeley architecture professor Nezar AlSayyad, about the peculiar urban design that went into Tahrir Square, the locus of so many protests in Cairo. AlSayyad, who also heads up the university's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, explains that the square - which… » 2/24/11 8:00am 2/24/11 8:00am