David Mahfouda and Alex Pasternack discuss a mobile app that could make NYC’s fleet of 13,000 taxis a more efficient, affordable, and social mode of transit.

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.

Empowering the City: London / New York

Gerald Frug contrasts the structures and powers of city government in London and New York in order to ask a crucial urban question: what are our cities empowered to do?

Off the Road and Into the Skies

As cities demand more efficient transit systems, Steven Dale argues for thinking off the road and outside the subway, and thinks that Cable-Propelled Transit could be our answer.

A Cab Ride with Rachel Abrams

Rachel Abrams breaks down the actors, information and knowledge behind the routine experience of taking a NYC taxi, and explains how design thinking can benefit urban systems.

Why Grand Central Works

Vishaan Chakrabarti walks through one of the city's favorite spaces. His reflections range from design details to regional economics to the relationship between infrastructure and density.

A Walk with Bob Yaro

Regional Plan Association President Bob Yaro reflects on the transformation of Midtown West, focusing on three pivotal sites: Penn Station, Hudson Yards, and the Javits Center.

A Conversation with Robin Chase

The founder of Zipcar and GoLoco talks about everything from mesh networks to taxi stands to why "infrastructure is destiny."


Reimagining Red Hook

Lisa Chamberlain explores the Forum for Urban Design's interdisciplinary design competition that aims to make Red Hook the most bicycle-friendly neighborhood in New York City.

Ulrich Franzen’s Street

Ulrich Franzen's 1969 film articulates a bold vision to reclaim Manhattan’s congested streets. 40 years later, we're still talking about the same thing.