SmartPlanet stories related to the world's densest areas of settlement -- how their geography, economies, politics, social characteristics and built environment impact their efficiency as a living, breathing system of systems.
In the 21st century, the world will be run by cities, not countries. Author Parag Khanna explains why that's both good and bad -- and how it will change everything.
4 | August 25, 2010 8:46am |
In a city already plagued with high rates of childhood asthma, Hurricane Katrina changed the landscape of the disease in New Orleans. An asthma expert talks about managing the epidemic today.
3 | August 25, 2010 1:39am |
'Palo Alto is like Google -- big and established. New York City is like Foursquare -- not as big and growing...'
August 24, 2010 9:32am |
Penn professor Richard Berk is using an algorithm to forecast criminal behavior in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Can science help predict crime?
3 | August 19, 2010 2:09pm |
San Francisco applies laws of supply and demand economics to free up scarcity of curbside parking.
10 | August 18, 2010 3:03pm |
Bigger is not better when it comes to population growth, writes Joel Kotkin. Here's why he says megacities are detrimental and avoidable.
37 | August 18, 2010 8:32am |
Aquaculture pioneer Local Ocean harvests fish in a zero-discharge facility in New York.
15 | August 16, 2010 6:30pm |
China bested the United States in 2009 in the race to install wind turbines, topping the U.S. in installed wind power capacity for the first time and shattering the annual record in the process.
1 | August 16, 2010 8:42am |
Las Vegas' sustainability officer admits that his city--an 'island in the desert'--is not a very sustainable place. But between the government's fleet of electric bikes, a residential lawn...
5 | August 16, 2010 2:00am |
Why cities increasingly are investing in dynamic information for commuters and transit passengers, compared with 'published' information.
1 | August 12, 2010 7:04am |
Two years ago, Joshua Becker decided to cast off (some of) his possessions to live a minimalist lifestyle. We spoke about what minimalism means, how technology can help us get there and how this...
25 | August 12, 2010 4:00am |
$5 million in funding is in place to install 5,000 EV charging stations in the Bay Area, but they won't come online for another two years, SmartPlanet has learned.
August 11, 2010 3:18pm |
EV viability; butter into biofuel; hydraulic cars; spending and happiness; NY lessons for SF.
August 11, 2010 12:47pm |
Deploying smart city infrastructure is a no brainer on paper. However, the security risks need to be addressed, according to a Forrester Research report.
1 | August 11, 2010 3:00am |
Aggregate electricity usage and the community's top three fuel sources were two major criteria in the list selection.
3 | August 10, 2010 5:03am |
Peak oil provocation; China's factory shutdown; Utah's DeerDeeter; fit cities; urban spatial efficiency.
August 9, 2010 2:10pm |
San Jose's Happy Hollow Park & Zoo claims status as first U.S. amusement park to be LEED Gold-certified.
August 9, 2010 4:41am |
Here's a novel way for China to cut its pollution and smooth its traffic jams.
28 | August 6, 2010 1:33pm |
Free software is now being tested by five U.S. cities.
3 | August 6, 2010 7:24am |
Multifaceted partnership offers another example of how universities, communities and the private sector will pull together toward smarter infrastructure.
1 | August 5, 2010 5:29am |