Innovation and the American Metropolis

In advance of a major policy event on technology's impact on regional planning, Tom Wright and Rob Lane discuss the meaning and uses of innovation in the New York metro-region.

Letting Off Some Steam

Jeff Maki explains Manhattan's District Steam Service as a case study in how citizens can engage in the maintenance of infrastructure.

Museum of the Phantom City

Irene Cheng and Brett Snyder share the inspiration behind their iPhone app and pose questions sparked by their research. Read their story and then go tour the unbuilt city.

Manufacturing a Real Economy

Nicole Salazar talks to Adam Friedman, former executive director of NYIRN, about the importance of the manufacturing industry in New York.

A New OASIS for New York

Steven Romalewski, one of the forces behind the development of the Open Accessible Space Information System, takes us on a tour of the online mapping resource's version 2.0.

Toward the Sentient City: Interviews

Designers reflect on how their work explores implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urban space.


Communication designer Sidney Blank shares the story behind STACKD, a new social networking site that helps people in Manhattan office buildings get in touch – for business or beers.

Hyperlocal news makes news: the case of Everyblock

Everyblock renders the heretofore-obscure workings of neighborhood life explicitly, in something not too far off of real time, and in unprecedentedly high resolution.

The Brooklyn Typology Project

Artist and urban planner Neil Freeman reflects on ways web-based art practice, urban planning data and tireless neighborhood exploration can inform each other, using his own work as a case study.

NYC Uncapped

What are the social, physical, and environmental implications of uncapping fire hydrants?