Welcome to the Rural Model Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? » 3/02/15 11:20am 16 minutes ago

A Room-Sized 3D Printer Will Make Freeform Concrete Design Easy

Concrete is an amazing building material: cheap to create, strong when used correctly, and hard-wearing, too. But turning it into exotic and shapely forms can be prohibitively complex and expensive. Now, a 3D printer capable of producing one-off moulds as large as a phone booth could help turn architectural dreamw… » 2/27/15 6:52am Friday 6:52am

Explore the Dark Future of Cities in These Intense, 5K Animated Shorts

Some of the best science fiction isn't set in space — it's set in an almost-recognizable future, but the near future—the liminal space between present day and a world we can barely imagine. That's the future we see in New City, a series of 5K animations and short stories by the writer and designer Liam Young. » 2/24/15 11:00am 2/24/15 11:00am

How Disasters, Emergencies, and Survivalism Are Shaping Home Design

You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted—except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it's 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious local Fox reporter. » 2/18/15 1:15pm 2/18/15 1:15pm

13 Gorgeous Panoramic Maps Drawn Long Before Satellites Even Existed 

It's hard for us Google Earth-dependent modern-day humans to conceive of, but there was once a time when we had to imagine what our towns and cities looked like from the sky. In fact, there were famous artists who specialized in creating these panoramic views of Earth, though today, it's a lost art. » 2/09/15 4:10pm 2/09/15 4:10pm

Huge Neon Signs Photographed From Below Become Futuristic Abstractions

It's a wonderful sensation when you encounter something you've seen countless times before, only from a different vantage point. The electric glow of neon signs is familiar in all big cities around the world, but seeing them from the vantage point of photographer Rainer Torrado lends them an entirely new shape. » 2/04/15 8:00pm 2/04/15 8:00pm

Megacities Are Growing So Fast We Need Satellites To Study Them

It's difficult to track the growth of cities across multiple countries in a consistent way—especially considering tools like satellite imagery have only been around for a few decades. But this week, the World Bank Group released the results of an unprecedented, decade-long analysis of one of the world's most… » 1/29/15 10:50am 1/29/15 10:50am

The Forgotten Story of NYC's First Power Grid

Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city's first cable car arced over the harbor. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power… » 1/26/15 4:13pm 1/26/15 4:13pm