Urban Planning

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November 20, 2017

Belmont Partners, a real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates, recently purchased 25,000 acres of land in Arizona to create a smart city called Belmont.

If you're looking for Smart City insights, Meeting of the Minds should be one of your first stops.

July 31, 2017

Those who attended Smart Cities NYC ‘17 may have heard the buzz about Taqtile’s HoloMaps during New York City Chief Information Officer, Miguel A. Gamino Jr.’s keynote speech.

July 19, 2017

Among the many pieces of wisdom in Jane Jacobs' 1961 masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, one stands out a half-century later as a near-universal urban planning truth. It's the idea that healthy communities are built on the face-to-face contact of their residents.

July 19, 2017

Architecture and urban design firm FXFOWLE imagines a future where city streets will become public spaces What will our cities look like once autonomous cars take over? New York-based architecture and urban design firm FXFOWLE created a design concept called Public Square that shows a future... read more

July 18, 2017

Seattle. Denver. Austin. Kalamazoo.

They’re not often spoken of in the same breath. But they could be.

Kalamazoo’s Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 master plan and strategic vision process is close to its end.

May 25, 2017

There are threats everywhere to state and local revenues. To that list add this one: The golden age of malls in America seems to be well and truly over. Several of the country's 1,000 enclosed malls and a chunk of the nation's 47,000 shopping centers have either shut down or are emptying out.... read more

April 26, 2017

Louis Hyman's recent piece in The New York Times Sunday Review, "The Myth of Main Street," presents a bleak choice for rural and rust-belt America: persist in hopeless efforts to rebuild your downtown or graciously accept a future of telecommuting for a distant corporation. The former... read more

April 21, 2017

The internet and rise of e-commerce, where apps can facilitate anything from rides to laundry or meal delivery, has transformed consumer expectations to an on-demand economy. Now the digital infrastructure is in place to support this economy, the physical infrastructure must catch up.

March 15, 2017

The deployment of highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs) is expected to deliver substantial benefits: reduced traffic congestion, decreased emissions, lower-cost of mobility and safer travel. It is crucial for public officials to proactively plan for autonomous vehicles using a data-driven approach... read more

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