A first step toward the future of neighborhood design
Introducing our generative design tool, which can help generate millions of planning scenarios — and identify options that best reflect local priorities.
Four principles for the future of city streets
Cities can leverage design and technology to re-think our streets for pedestrians, bikes, and transit.
How can we bring transparency to urban tech? These icons are a first step.
Our “Digital Transparency in the Public Realm” project brought people around the world together to co-create a visual language to demystify the tech in cities.
What makes a public space great?
Our open-source app, CommonSpace, gives park operators and communities a new tool to study that vital question.
Self Driving Cars
Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities
A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.
Circling for parking is terrible for cities. Let’s put an end to it.
By connecting drivers to spaces at the start of a trip, tech can help fight the curse of cruising.
The importance of coding the curb
Who says infrastructure management isn’t sexy? A digital street asset inventory can improve parking, planning, transparency, and more.
What’s the City’s Role in Autonomous Vehicles?
The full panel discussion from our Sidewalk Talk event on a driverless urban future.
Open source demo
S2 cells and space-filling curves: Keys to building better digital map tools for cities
An open geospatial library for all the civic hackers out there.
A blueprint to help cities and Airbnb get along
Despite a sharp divide over regulations, it’s possible to find common ground in three basic policy principles.
Building urban tech tools starts with listening to cities
The conversations we had about the future of mobility during the DOT Smart City Challenge were just the beginning of a longer collaboration.
The tremendous untapped power of data to reinvent city services
As more agencies embrace digital tools to improve health care, education, safety, and other basic government services, the public conversation should keep pace with technology.
‘Give in’ or ‘get out’ can’t be the only two options with cities and Uber/Lyft
A connected streets vision can’t truly take off if these sides don’t come together.
‘Connected streets’ and the next generation of urban mobility
A Sidewalk Talk with James Corless and Russell Brooks of Transportation for America.
How ‘shared parking’ can improve city life
More efficient parking systems mean less congestion, fewer emissions, and lower rents.
4 lessons from Rio’s ‘flawed’ smart cities initiative
A new analysis finds that, despite doing some good, the program often forgot to focus on the people.
How Estonia became a global model for e-government
A tiny country has turned into a civic tech giant.
What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation
A Sidewalk Talk with Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Infocomm Development Authority
Smart intersections won’t help cities without smart policy
The first thing that should pop into mind with the future of mobility is people, not cars.
Innovation, cities, and the optimistic case for economic growth in the digital age
A review of Robert Gordon's new book, "The Rise and Fall of American Growth."