Fleeing the sweltering, cement jungles of many urban centers during the dog days of summer is going to become even more critical in coming years as temperatures continue to rise.
More than 100 cities now get the majority of their electricity from renewable sources, according to a new report from CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an environmentally-oriented nonprofit. In a sign that cities are increasingly leading the clean energy transition, this number is more than double the 40…
Life has not been idyllic in Southern California as of late. Drought, wildfires, and most recently mudslides have upset the balance of a region renowned for its warm, sunny vibe. Climate change has played at least some role in these disturbances, and models predict its influence will only grow in coming decades. Los…
This week, the world’s great and good assemble in Paris to discuss the future of our planet. But, on a slightly less serious note, what if things on Earth got so hot that entire cities melted?
In what’s sure to be a blow to convenience store umbrella sales, a company in Vancouver has created the world’s first automated umbrella sharing service that lets members borrow one whenever it starts to unexpectedly rain outside.
I promise, you have nothing better to do than look at these photos of funny signs, submitted for this week’s Shooting Challenge.
Every year, humanity turns off the lights for Earth Hour. Well, some of humanity. As we learned during this week’s Shooting Challenge, a lot of people leave the lights on.
Two years ago, three German design students set out to solve the most first-world problem that ever was: what to do when waiting to cross the street. Their solution? A system that lets you play Pong with pedestrians on the other side of the street. A few years and one re-branding later, their system is bettering…
One of the frequently-cited problems with electric cars is a lack of places to charge up when you're away from home. Rather than create an entire standalone network, BMW is looking to combine charging docks with another common, electricity-powered street fixture: lampposts.
Using substitute senses for visually impaired people isn't a new idea — even putting aids into hi-tech glasses isn't new. But this project takes things a step further, piping in relevant information straight into the wearer's skull.
A virus has wiped out the population of earth...minus one. You're the last person, living in a world built for billions. For this week's Shooting Challenge, capture this feeling by featuring just one subject in a vast urban or natural landscape.
Navigating the streets of country's biggest city makes for countless shared experiences. One such phenomenon is the well-known site of a corner-store umbrella lying disfigured during a rainstorm.
It seems like it's always hot here in NYC, but it's not only when the oppressive sun is beating down. No, the buildings like to help spread the love around by hoarding the heat and dishing it out themselves. This is what it looks like.
So you've decided to take the plunge and start raising a brood of urban chicken. Play this right and you'll have a nearly inexhaustible supply of fresh eggs. But first, you'll need to manufacture a hen or two of your own. Here's how to get a chicken from an egg—without sitting on it for three weeks.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge at night, explore the sewers of Las Vegas, infiltrate a privately owned 80-story building in Chicago, or sprint through New York's subway, this video gives you a pretty comprehensive taster.
Usually, when winter is not being a cowardly little bitch, you need a warm jacket to keep from freezing to death. But if you live in a city, like more than half the world's population, you need something something more versatile—and stylish—than just a sealskin or a pillow with sleeves.
Today is the 200th birthday of the street map that spawned the Greatest City in the World. The NY Times has a revealing story on how the grid, which mapped 11 avenues and 155 crosstown streets, transformed New York into a city of right angles.
Armed with gloves, a backpack, and a healthy appreciation for the deadliness of the third rail, urban historian Steven Duncan and videographer Andrew Wonder explore the Undercity. This is the hidden New York. And it's beautiful.
In 2011, construction will begin on Forwarding Dallas, a hilltop-inspired community that combines renewable energy and rooftop greenery with practical and cost-effective design. Could we be looking at the model for sustainable urban architecture?
Science fiction imagines strange and wondrous cities in our future, but many are less paradise than prison. We take an ill-advised vacation inside the cities that will never let you leave.