Innovation and Invention

Notes and Dispatches from the Urban Future

S. Mitra Kalita

Economic Recovery Could Kill Airbnb

It's become the go-to site for hosts and guests who are desperate and underemployed. But that could change quickly.

Noah Christman

Uncover the Secret Oases of San Francisco

An iPhone app that maps downtown’s indoor parks, rooftop terraces, urban gardens, and bamboo forests.

Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Online Grocery Shopping Is Returning to the Physical World

A Chinese supermarket giant has announced plans to build 1,000 "virtual" supermarkets.

MIT Sustainable Design Lab/MoDe Studio

Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof

Nearly every square meter of rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has now been evaluated for its suitability to host solar panels.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Meet the Megapram, the World's Fastest Stroller

This stroller has four gears. And cup holders. And it reaches maximum speeds of 50 mph.

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The Bike Helmet That Screams For Help in an Accident

This crash detector will send GPS coordinates to the authorities if you sustain a severe head impact.

What Will Progress Look Like in the Future?

Author Steven Johnson, described by some as a "Darwin of Technology," on the future of urban innovation.

Mapping New York's Hottest Jogging Routes

Using GPS technology implanted in shoes, artists envision the paths that runners love to tackle.

Courtesy of GoBumper

How Much Is Your Bumper Worth?

Thanks to GoBumper, you can paste ads on your car in exchange for prizes. But the "rewards" aren't all they're cracked up to be.

How Driveless Cars Will Revolutionize the Transit System

Transportation-as-a-service models could really take off in a world of hyper-optimized robo-taxis.

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How Technology Is Fueling Urban Inequality

Start-ups and entrepreneurs promise a bright future. But is it a future that crowds out the poor and disadvantaged?

Beamie Young/NIST

This House Consumes Less Net Energy Than Your Little Urban Studio

Meet the federal government's four-bed, three-bath, two-car garage, 2,700-square foot suburban net-zero home.

Why Your Apartment Should Be on Facebook

A Cleveland start-up helps apartment complexes up their social media game.

A New Idea for Growing Start-Ups in Rust Belt Cities

In Lansing, Michigan, an incubator encourages sustainable companies to take root in the shrinking city.