Urban Planning

Tech is Good, But We Need Transportation Planning for the City of the Future

By Paul Mackie and Howard Jennings What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack of transportation options. As Forbes recently pointed out, the average traffic delay – time spent in stop-and-go traffic – per commuter is 42 hours each year,…

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Germany Plans New Parks Over Iconic Autobahn

Highways are great for getting people from one place to another quickly. But they are not so great for those who have to live near them. Almost without exception, major highways and turnpikes around the world- literally from LA to Beijing– are noisy, stinky places with high concentrations of CO2 and other toxic exhaust gasses that spew into the atmosphere from internal combustion engines … and Germany’s famous Autobahn is o exception! In Hamburg, the iconic, go-fast autobahn bisects the…

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Community Solar Power Market Set to Explode

There has long been a huge gap in the solar market: the gap between large, utility-scale solar projects (“the grid”) and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle space has long been high on potential and short on installations. As noted above, many people have worked hard to pioneer what is referred to as “community…

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Singapore Airport Getting its Own Bio-Dome

Construction has begun on a new BioDome for Singapore’s JewelChangi Airport. Designed by Moshe Safdie Architects, the glass dome will cover nearly 1.5 million square feet of space and have retail, leisure and entertainment facilities as well as green spaces open to travelers and local residents. A Canopy Garden will hover over the main floor on tree-like columns and feature a natural environment filled with plants and flowers. Its focus will be an enormous waterfall at the very center. The Singapore BioDome will be constructed from glass panels…

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Chargepoint, Atlanta Falcons Team Up for EV Charging

The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and ChargePoint have scored a touchdown by boosting electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure within Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons and ChargePoint had a kickoff event at their most recent home against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Georgia Dome on December 14th to educate fans about EV charging. The Atlanta Falcons training facility, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, College Football Hall of Fame, and Arthur Blank Family Offices will have the new charging stations. ChargePoint has also given charging stations…

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210 Sq Ft “Minim” Tiny House Is Marvellous

This 22′ X 10′ Minim House in Washington, DC packs a lot of living into its 210 square feet of living space. The idea for the tiny house came from Brian Levy, vice president of Pollin Energy and Retrofits, a company that promotes sustainable living solutions. Unable to find the design he wanted from makers of traditional manufactured homes, he collaborated with Will Couch of Foundry Architects to custom design one. “I wanted something that was more livable,” Levy says. Making a house small takes a lot…

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Innovative Sports Complex In Brazil

Brazil has some of the most densely populated cities in the world. Now OSPA, a Brazilian architecture and design firm, has proposed a novel solution for a new sports complex at UFCSPA, a national university in the city of Canoas. Instead of spreading the facility over acres of scarce land, OSPA suggests a two tiered arrangement, with outdoor playing fields at ground level and facilities for indoor sports beneath it. The design would be open on both ends, promoting easy access…

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German Village Has Huge, 300% Energy Surplus

The German village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs. Selling that energy surplus back to the region’s local utility company adds $5.7 million dollars to the town’s treasury. Wildpoldsried’s green initiative first started in 1997 when the village council decided it should build local industries to bring in new revenue. Over the past 14 years, nine new community buildings have been equipped with solar panels, four bio-gas digesters built, and seven windmills installed. In the village itself, 190…

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