Shut Up! Why we need to do something about noise in public space.

By Aaron Betsky As I tried to understand what my husband was saying in a crowded restaurant last week, failing to distinguish his intelligence and wit over the boom of the post-disco music from the sound system and the din of the ebullient patrons, it occurred to me how much...
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Courtesy the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York via Flickr Commercial Commons Crews replace and repair track to advance the MTA Subway Action Plan the Bronx in New York.

Trump Administration Unveils Infrastructure Plan

The president hopes to spur $1.5 trillion in private-public partnership investments with $200 billion in federal grants over the next 10 years. By Katharine Keane Today, President Donald Trump unveiled his much-awaited proposal to fix the nation’s crumbling highways,...
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First look at a leaked draft of Trump administration’s infrastructure plan

The draft plan would make it much harder for older projects to win funding, and heavily favors user fees, tolls, and private investment to spur growth. By Jonathan Hilburg Axios has obtained a leaked draft copy of the Trump administration’s much-vaunted infrastructure plan. An...
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How machine learning and “computer vision” will transform our cities

Your city is watching you By Patrick Sisson and Illustrations by Sunny Eckerle n 1969, William H. “Holly” Whyte decided to analyze, and eventually decode, New York City’s rambunctious street life. A famed author, Whyte, along with a handful of collaborators, was recruited by the...
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Are We In A Renaissance Of Great Public Architecture?

This year’s AIA Honor Awards illustrate how sophisticated public works design has become. By aileen kwun The annual AIA Honor Awards–the highest honor bestowed by the American Institute of Architects to a completed built project–serve as a sort of industry-wide pulse check, and a...
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Courtesy Delft University of Technology Self healing asphalt contains small steelwool fibers that can be heated with induction energy to seal microcracks, extending the service life of the road.

Infrastructure is Failing—But These Roadway Material Innovations Could Help

Researchers are developing new technologies for self-healing asphalt, pothole prediction, and more. By Blaine Brownell ‘Tis the season of the pothole—and a myriad of other problems to do with road infrastructure. Winter brings out the worst in pavement: once water penetrates...
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Workplaces must include spaces for work and rest to foster innovation

by Ali Morris Studies of how the brain works show that offices can only facilitate creative thinking if they offer spaces for both focused work and restorative activities, says furniture brand Haworth. According to Haworth’s research, two very different types of workplace...
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How architecture shapes our cities – and our lives

Communities which design their own buildings are more likely to be happy and healthy Lily Bernheimer “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” said Winston Churchill. He was right; our surroundings can make us healthier and less likely to drop litter,...
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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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