The macro impact of micro-climates
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Goncalo Pedro about shaping our buildings and public spaces to make a more comfortable public realm.
Outside the box truck: Innovations in delivery that could change our cities
In this Sidewalk Talk Q&A, researcher Anne Goodchild explains how simple ideas like lockers and cargo bikes could make our neighborhoods more “lovely, green, quiet, and livable.”
Bringing Up Baby … Downtown
To keep families, more North American cities are turning to a suite of planning and design innovations, from play space to stroller ramps to adventure parks.
Self Driving Cars
Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities
A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.
The secrets to a lasting mixed-income neighborhood
Like many global cities, Toronto has become increasingly segregated into wealthy enclaves and boroughs of poverty. But one area that bucked the trend offers lessons for the future.
The real benefits of real-time transit data
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with researcher Candace Brakewood on all the ways it improves our lives — and its role in a potential car-free urban future.
Where new mobility and traditional transit are actually getting along
Pinellas County is home to perhaps the most advanced “micro-transit” system in action: a fleet of ride-hail vehicles that feeds into the bus system while reducing costs and expanding job access.
When affordable housing starts in a factory
Amid a housing crisis, several North American cities are turning to modular construction to get new buildings off the ground more quickly and less costly.
How Toronto could lead the wooden skyscraper revolution
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with architect and designer Luigi Ferrara on the Arbour — a 12-story wood building for George Brown College’s waterfront campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building urban tech tools starts with listening to cities
The conversations we had about the future of mobility during the DOT Smart City Challenge were just the beginning of a longer collaboration.
‘Give in’ or ‘get out’ can’t be the only two options with cities and Uber/Lyft
A connected streets vision can’t truly take off if these sides don’t come together.
The global fight against climate change needs better city data