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A Chicago city sensor project goes global

Each node in the Array of Things was equipped with an Nvidia graphics processing unit (or GPU) to perform computations on images out...

New York City is drowning in packages

Noticing the increase in e-commerce delivery traffic, then-mayor Bill de Blasio allocated $38 million in the November 2021 budget to shipping these packages...

We need smarter cities, not “smart cities”

The term “smart cities” originated as a marketing strategy for large IT vendors. It has now become synonymous with urban uses of technology,...

The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia

What is interesting about both early and current visions of urban sensing networks and the use that could be made of the data...

The Download: Retrofitting cities, and Alexa mimics the dead

The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority don’t...

The future of urban housing is energy-efficient refrigerators

Katerra’s all-encompassing vision of reforming the construction world, using billions of dollars in investment to build an entirely new production system from...

The delivery apps reshaping life in India’s megacities

It’s also not clear what problem they are solving, says Singhal, as most kiranas already take orders via WhatsApp and deliver to...

Inside the experimental world of animal infrastructure

But Banff’s wildlife crossings, like most, suffer from a sort of Horseless Carriage Syndrome, their designs circumscribed by existing infrastructure. Tunnels are often...

Why sounds and smells are as vital to cities as the sights

Around the world, researchers like Howes are investigating how nonvisual information defines the character of a city and affects its livability. Using...

Crypto millionaires are pouring money into Central America to build their own cities

Romer collaborated with the Honduran government at first, but they parted ways following disagreements over how his idea was being implemented. (Romer didn’t...

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