A sketch of Sidewalk Labs’ vision of a new smart city in Toronto. Sidewalk Labs

A guide to 6 futuristic smart cities under development – Curbed

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what by Patrick Sisson   Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been...
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Automated, electric buses may be transit’s future – Curbed

Why some believe the first electric, self-guided vehicle you’ll ride should and could be a bus by Patrick Sisson   It may seem unlikely that a bus route that takes passengers to a local sauna would provide a glimpse of transportation’s future. But, to be fair, we’re talking...
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An electric passenger bus by American manufacturer Proterra. One of the goals of the Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration is to show support for the electric and zero-emissions bus industry. Pro terra

12 international cities sign Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration – Curbed

Each city will create a “major emissions-free zone” and only purchase zero-emission buses starting in 2025 by Patrick Sisson Representatives from a dozen global cities pledged to take big steps towards cutting transportation-related pollution, promising to “envision a future...
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The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization is working to bring a future Brightline Station to Brevard County

Miami-to-Orlando Brightline train starts site work for Central Florida connection – Orlando Business Journal

By Veronica Brezina The developer and operator of the $3.5 billion Brightline intercity train is starting work on its Orlando segment, which may mean it will be completed in the next couple of years. Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida on Oct. 11 applied for permit that would...
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Starling Crossing puts pedestrians first. Photos via Dezeen

Smart crosswalk reacts to cars and pedestrians in real time – Curbed

Starling Crossing is a responsive road surface that puts pedestrians first by Lauren Ro A slew of innovative solutions for roadways has emerged this past year, from solar panel-paved roads to an artificial intelligence-powered program that automatically monitors road conditions....
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International Plumbing Code

An Unexpected Ally of Gender-Neutral Restrooms: Building Codes | Architect Magazine

The 2018 International Plumbing Code will update signage requirements for single-user restrooms while some local jurisdictions are taking their own initiative to promote inclusiveness. By Ian Spula Behind the rancorous debate over gender inclusivity in restrooms, an upheaval is...
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an artist’s impression of the mars colonization

elon musk unveils spaceX’s moon base alpha and mars city plans

spaceX founder and CEO elon musk reveals his plans to establish a moon base and a colonization city on mars within the next decade. presented at the international astronautical congress (IAC) in adelaide, australia, the astronomic project also involves a BFR spacecraft that...
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There’s An Entirely New Way Of Mapping The World, And It’s Brilliant

Where business and design collide By Katharine Schwab For centuries, people have relied on the same types of maps. Whether a map is interactive or hand-colored in a book, it offers latitude and longitude as the key indexes for getting from point A to point B. But designer and...
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Olli, a 3D-printed autonomous bus, made its debut in the U.S. in 2016. Local Motors

The best transportation improvements to try in your city – Curbed

These small things can make a big impact by Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson, and Alissa Walker Whether you live in the farthest suburb or in the heart of downtown, how you move around your city shapes your social interactions, your job, and even your family dynamics. Peruse the...
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The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team came to the aid of residents in Port Arthur, an inundated south Texas city, seen here on August 31. Photo © National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez

Reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Architects Focus on Rebuilding and Resiliency

Miriam Sitz As summer 2017 drew to a close, for the first time in 166 years of weather records, two Category 4 Atlantic hurricanes hit the United States in the same season—just 16 days apart. Each brought its own superlatives: Harvey, the continental U.S.’s wettest storm ever,...
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