A subtle but important shift may be taking place in leading architectural circles. As Intelligent Life writes, longstanding starchitects with a penchant for parametric architecture appear to be losing favour to more restrained approaches. Programs to create slick digital designs and imagery are now standard tools, ones that architects are increasingly interested in combining with traditional styles for a fresh look. Perhaps more importantly, this shift includes greater focus on urban context and a holistic view of the city. Important steps in the pursuit of holistic city-making.
Recognizing the essential roles that cities play in contemporary society, Fast Company includes an Urban Solutions category in its annual Fast Co.Design Innovation By Design Awards. Responding to challenging budgetary situations facing my cities, this year’s winner brings the potential of public-private partnerships to Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Florida. Be inspired by the winning entry and a number of other creative and innovative urban solutions here!
Two years ago, the City of Portland turned to the local software industry to make its RFP process more effective and efficient. In response, local firm Switchboard offered a simple “Ask & Offer” approach. Recognizing that departments, firms and others may know what the challenge is, but not how (or who) to best solve it, Switchboard connects users who have requests or offers. The solution has effectively connected start-ups and City departments, while also supporting the local tech industry. Read more at Next City.
In response to social, demographic and technological changes, the car industry is working around the clock to develop self-driving cars. As companies like Google and Tesla continue to innovate, automated mobility is poised to become a reality. What socioeconomic changes might accompany the rise of autonomous vehicles? Read about a series of potential impacts that Eric Verhulst from MOVE FORWARD proposes as well cases in favour and against self-driving cars.