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Blog Post

Making the most of city parks and the public realm means learning more about how people use them.

Making the most of city parks and the public realm means learning more about how people use them.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
6 Jun

The future of urban sustainability is renewable district energy

New design innovations can dramatically reduce the need for fossil fuels to help heat or cool a building.

Rohit T. Aggarwala and Jim Kapsis
6 Jun
Blog Post

Driving costs are hidden. Revealing them could help reduce traffic

Navigation apps that show the true cost of a trip might nudge people into making a different decision.

Willa Ng
6 Jun
Open-Source Tool

A first step toward creating a digital planning laboratory is populating it

Introducing Doppelgänger, Model Lab’s open-source population synthesizer.

David Ory
6 Jun
META

The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter Archive

Never again wonder what we were thinking, doing, and reading about the future of cities on a given week.

Eric Jaffe
5 May
Blog Post

A key to democratizing urban solutions is building better models

By relying on sharper data, new approaches to modeling can lead to faster policies and greater consensus.

Nick Chim and David Ory
4 Apr
Blog Post

The next-generation intersection helps all modes share the street

Emerging traffic technologies promise to improve safety while moving everyone — not just drivers.

Willa Ng
3 Mar
MAP DEMO

How the L train shutdown will impact your commute

Our NYC Transit Explorer shows how long it takes to get anywhere in the city by bus or subway. Even during L-mageddon.

Dan Vanderkam
2 Feb
GUEST POST

The transformative potential of real-time transportation coordination

By Kevin Webb

Kevin Webb
1 Jan
Blog Post

The way to healthier cities goes beyond healthcare

Improving urban health outcomes requires dramatically better access, and a commitment to addressing the underlying social and environmental factors.

Mat Balez, Shaina Doar, and Lindsay Ullman
12 Dec
EVENT VIDEO

How Can Technology Help Improve Housing Affordability?

Our Sidewalk Talk: Idea Tour explored six different approaches to this critical challenge.

12 Dec
Blog Post

The benefits of turning housing construction into housing production

Much residential housing is still built the same way it was 50 years ago, despite emerging technologies that can help reduce costs and increase affordability.

Eric Baczuk
12 Dec
Blog Post

Improving urban mobility starts with better travel data

New digital tools can help us gain better insights into how people move around cities, and ask better questions about what we want our transportation systems to achieve.

Corinna Li
12 Dec
VISION

Reimagining cities from the internet up

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to accelerate urban innovation.

Daniel L. Doctoroff
11 Nov
BLOG POST

Circling for parking is terrible for cities. Let’s put an end to it.

By connecting drivers to spaces at the start of a trip, tech can help fight the curse of cruising.

Willa Ng
9 Sep
FEATURE

The First Principles of Urbanism: Part II

Digital technology can be good or bad for cities. Which way it goes depends on how well technologists and urbanists work together.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
9 Sep
FEATURE

The First Principles of Urbanism: Part I

Before we can predict how technology might shape cities, we have to identify the essential efficiencies — and costs — of urban environments.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
9 Sep
Hackathons

Sidewalk held a two-day midsummer engineering hackathon. Here’s what we built.

A park meet-up router, a reference for urban designers, and a yellow cab counter.

Sidewalk Labs
9 Sep
BLOG POST

The importance of coding the curb

Who says infrastructure management isn’t sexy? A digital street asset inventory can improve parking, planning, transparency, and more.

Willa Ng
8 Aug