A Sidewalk Talk series that explores some of the major advances in urban technology, design, and policy across history — from Roman sewers to real-time transit.
A series of innovations — from fire codes to extinguishers to exits — saved lives, protected cities, and transformed building design.
The ability to track — and thus limit — the spread of disease paved the way for modern urban growth.
Standardized transit data is a harbinger of a future where the fastest way to get around doesn’t require a private car.
Steam power brought industry, electricity, and opportunity into cities, but it also paved the way for fossil fuels to damage the planet.
Why Toronto is the ideal place to build a neighbourhood of the future
By giving rise to powerful new streetcar and subway systems, Frank Sprague's electric motor forever changed commuting and urban development.
The affordable — and, more importantly, rideable — new design provided unprecedented freedom of movement.
The healthcare system is failing many of our families and communities. Our new company aims to build a scalable solution to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations.
Edison's incandescent bulb gave rise to profound new possibilities for work and play in cities.
A visual tour of how e-commerce and digitization might impact city streetscapes—for better or worse.
What began as a policy innovation to help organize cities has contributed to segregation and severe housing shortages.
Containerization transformed everything from the urban labor force to suburban shopping.
Traffic lights did make city intersections safer for cars, but they came at the expense of pedestrian freedom.
The Ancient Romans first tackled sewage systems, but it took a cholera outbreak for 19th-century London to master them.
Elevators proved to be a primary engine of urban density over the last century, boosting economies of scale for big cities and redefining urban life.
Sidewalk and the city of Columbus are exploring ways to connect new and expecting mothers with the care they need.
The path to a more sustainable city goes right through the multi-family waste room.
Making the most of city parks and the public realm means learning more about how people use them.
New design innovations can dramatically reduce the need for fossil fuels to help heat or cool a building.
Navigation apps that show the true cost of a trip might nudge people into making a different decision.