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The UN is supporting a design for a new floating city that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes

April 12th, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

A rendering of Oceanix City. Oceanix The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents. The city is built to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes. The design comes from architect Bjarke Ingels and floating city builder Oceanix. At a roundtable on Wednesday, the UN […]

The Next Player in the ‘Smart City’ Game: WeWork – CityLab

April 5th, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

We believe in data: WeWork’s algorithmically optimized site locations and décor reflect the company’s trust in numbers. WeWork Wants to Build the ‘Future of Cities.’ What Does That Mean? The co-working startup is hatching plans to deploy data to reimagine urban problems. In the past, it has profiled neighborhoods based on class indicators. The We […]

Imagining the Smart Cities of 2050

March 24th, 2019 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Tomorrow’s cities are reshaping almost every industry imaginable, and birthing those we’ve never heard of. Riding an explosion of sensors, megacity AI ‘brains’, high-speed networks, new materials and breakthrough green solutions, cities are quickly becoming versatile organisms, sustaining and responding to the livelihood patterns of millions. Over the next decade, cities will revolutionize everything about […]

Elon Musk’s Las Vegas underground loop gets the green light

March 17th, 2019 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Boring Company’s CEO says he’ll finish it by “end of year.” Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets Las Vegas approval to build and operate a high-speed underground loop in the city. Las Vegas will officiallt get a tunnel from Elon Musk, perhaps within this year. The billionaire’s Boring Company on Tuesday got the approval from the […]

These are the 20 most congested cities in the world

February 17th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

The transportation data firm INRIX Research released on Tuesday its annual rankings of the most congested cities in the world. Cities were ranked based on delays caused by congestion, adjusted for each city’s population. Moscow was named the most congested city in the world for the second year in a row, and Europe had more […]

Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich

February 12th, 2019 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

The proposed 2022 skyline overlooking Central Park. Photograph: Andrew C Nelson/Jose Hernandez/Skyscraper Museum An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver Wainwright It is rare in the history of architecture for a new type of building to emerge. […]

New projection : World population will level off, then fall forever

February 12th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

The conventional wisdom is that the global population is hurtling toward catastrophe — some project it could hit a staggering 11 billion by the year 2100. But a new book examines the data and comes to a radically different conclusion: instead of continuing to rise, the population will level out in about 30 years — […]

Which U.S. cities have the most families with kids?

January 27th, 2019 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

Spoiler alert: It’s simply not the case that families with kids have disappeared from urban America. Look around a hip neighborhood in Lower Manhattan or downtown San Francisco, and you’ll see lots of young people, and Baby Boomers whose kids have left the nest. There are also some stylish moms (or nannies) pushing tots in […]

This is what the cities of the future could look like

January 21st, 2019 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Could hyperloops be the future of inner-city travel?

From coworking to a smart city.

January 2nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

This year is the 10th anniversary of my decision to devote myself to the creation of the models of social changes. After banging my head against the wall, trying to scale the default coworking business model, I realized that only city-wide catalyst models such as smart city can survive and are ones of the pillars […]

The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities

December 3rd, 2018 at 7:33 am » Comments Off

A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people. Daniel Olguin, 28, works on his computer in the front of his van, while his wife, Mary, 26, checks on their almost-2-year-old child in the back. The couple, who have a band called […]

A fifth of China’s homes are empty. That’s 50 million apartments

November 18th, 2018 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Risk is potential for flood of sales during any property slump. Xi has said homes are for living in, not for speculation. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s mantra that homes should be for living in is falling on deaf ears, with tens of millions of apartments and houses standing empty across the country. Soon-to-be-published research will show […]

How long before we reach peak ecommerce?