Tech

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How Green Building Standards Can Actually Change People's Behavior

New research suggests LEED-ND projects can dramatically cut down on driving rates.

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Streetfilms

This Bike Path Also Helps Prevent Flooded Sewers

A great example of how green infrastructure can be incorporated from the start in new street design.

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Makani Power

Let's Go Fly a Wind Turbine

Meet Google's new kite-like apparatus that can capture wind energy where it's most powerful.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Reuters

At Last, Sushi Served by Drones

A London fast food chain tests out its new robotic wait staff, to somewhat disastrous results.

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This Month's Other Crucial Privacy Debate: The Rocky Future of Arrestee DNA Collection

Three arguments for, against, and qualifying the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Breakfast NY

A Signpost for the Digital Age

One design firm's remedy for the ubiquitous touch screen.

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

Maps

An Instagram for Maps

Stamen reveals a radical, beautiful new tool.

A Massive Implosion Visible From Manhattan

Demolition crews exploded the tallest building on Governors Island this weekend to make way for new parkland.

New Cities Foundation

Congratulations to Colab, Winner of the 2013 AppMyCity! Prize

The app aims to connect citizens to their local governments in new ways.

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MapBox

Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.

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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.

John Peter Oleson

Could a 2,000-Year-Old Recipe for Cement Be Superior to Our Own?

In search of the secret to Ancient Roman construction.

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Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

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Pigeons Might Be Way Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

They're good at manipulating touch screens to get food rewards, for instance.

Senseable City Lab

'Personal Climate Control,' Lasers, and the Wild Future of Thermostats

Why heat a whole building when infrared beams of warmth could follow us each around?

Wikimedia Commons

Surprisingly Difficult Quiz of the Day: Steak House or Gay Bar?

A weirdly challenging game.

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Google Maps

Here's What Google Maps' Customization Might Mean in Practice

The new maps may eventually funnel us each into different experiences of the same neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?