Smart Cities

Cities

Austin dims its lights, everyone + science wins

A city council decision to invest $15 million in efficient lighting is not only a smart move, it's part of a great tradition started in Silicon Valley.

Election 2012

Romney, once an anti-sprawl crusader, created model for Obama ‘smart growth’ program

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney fought sprawl and promoted density -- another set of issues on which he looks to be seriously out of sync with the Tea Party and the GOP base.

Food

Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit

The Guerrilla Grafters play Frankenstein with ornamental city trees by splicing branches that yield fruit for the common good. But not everyone's happy: Their pursuit of fruit isn't exactly legal.

Green Home

Geek legend hacks together an off-grid smart home

Loren Amelang is a pioneer in C++ programming, and his homebrewed live/work space is a monument to sustainable geekery.

Cities

Wooden skyscrapers are like log cabins on steroids

When most folks think “wooden building,” they conjure up images of rustic log cabins or ye olde fashioned outhouses. Architect Michael Green wants to whittle something decidedly more modern out of wood: skyscrapers.

Cities

Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways

A new report calls urban highways “a failed experiment,” and suggests that cities have much to gain from trading in blacktop for parks and new development.

Smart Cities

Meet the skyscrapers of the future: Band-Aids, balloon forests, and underwater spheres

This theoretical skyscraper, the winner of eVolo’s annual skyscraper design competition, would collect, purify, and store water in the Himalayas, helping to conserve and regulate it. It looks like a half pack of cigarettes in fancy holders, but it’s not even the weirdest-looking skyscraper, not by a long shot. Below are some of the strange shapes that might crop up in the skyline of our more sustainable future.

Smart Cities

A mission for the next generation: Fix suburbia

We’ve spent 50 years subsidizing sprawling suburban development. Now we need to rethink and reimagine, says architecture professor Ellen Dunham-Jones. The good news? It has already begun.

Cities

Why buildings haven’t gotten more efficient in 20 years

Everything single part of a building has become significantly more energy efficient over the past 20 years, yet buildings are using the same amount of energy they always have. Why?

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