Tech

The Building You’re Sitting In Now Has Its Own Social Network, Too

HonestBuildings.com aims to be a sort of LinkedIn for the build environment.

Should Preservationists Train Their Eyes on Skylines?

Researchers have developed a GIS-based technique to keep track of skyline changes.

CityFixer

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

How One Man Built His City a Fiber Optic Network

Software entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy is bringing faster internet to San Leandro, thanks to infrastructure put in place by BART and city officials.

How To Catch a Criminal With Data

In an era of fewer resources, police could solve more crimes faster if they could leverage the Big Data long buried within their own departments.

Behold, the Ultimate Municipal Truck... Of the Future!

What would happen if you took every neat idea in the realm of public works and piled them all onto one city vehicle?

How to Measure a Project's Health

By embracing a new "health impact assessment" tool, Atlanta makes sure its major redevelopment will lead to healthier lives.

What's Behind the Grumbling Over TED's City 2.0

Why some urbanists are skeptical of the conference innovator's plans to crowdsource the city of the future.

Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike

Think the battle between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians is ugly now? Wait until engineers start designing intersections for computers instead of people.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Explains Its 24-Hour 'Cupcake ATM'

The company says it plans to launch round-the-clock, cupcake-dispensing automatons in not just Beverly Hills, but every city it's located in.

Videos

What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars

Imagining a future without lights and stop signs.

How the 2012 TED Prize, The City 2.0, Aims to Crowdsource the Future

With a wiki to connect citizens, political leaders, urban experts, companies, and organizations, TED tees up the goal of improving the 21st century city.

Raleigh's Guerrilla Wayfinding Signs Deemed Illegal

With his signs removed by the city, we checked in with the project's founder on his next move.

The 20 Characters You'll Meet on Every Neighborhood Email List

The longtime resident, the dog-poop vigilante and 18 other archetypes.

Motion-Activated Pothole Sensors ... In Your Phone

Boston hopes its driver-operated Street Bump app will grow sensitive enough to detect cracks in the pavement before they become gravel-spewing craters.

$10,000 Up for Grabs for Naming the 'World’s Best City'

The makers of the Economist Intelligence Unit's oft-criticized Liveable Cities index turn their efforts into a contest.

Maps

World's Oldest Known Underwater City Gets a 3-D Makeover

Divers used a robotic optics system to create a photorealistic reconstruction of Pavlopetri, an ancient trading post off the coast of Greece.

Maps

Mapping America's Illnesses, in Near Real-Time

Twitter reports of coughing, upset stomachs and, er, "man flu" all pop up on SickWeather.com's disease map.