Upgraded urban travel 'could save $70 trillion by 2050'
Urban planners must re-invent city transportation systems to save up to $70 trillion globally in the next 37 years, a study said on Wednesday citing the examples of Belgrade, Seoul and New York City.
Columbia engineers map energy use in NYC buildings
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cities across the globe are trying to develop plans to cut down their energy consumption and lower their carbon footprint by reducing the associated greenhouse gas emissions. While initial efforts have focused ...
Video: Earthquake research in Chile could shake up the field of seismology
Galo Valdebenito, a professor of seismic and structural dynamics and associate dean of engineering at Austral University, is developing tools so urban planners can better assess earthquake risks.
Serendipitous observation leads to research linking physics and urban planning
Franz-Josef Ulm and a colleague were taking a break from a tough problem one afternoon when they spotted an aerial photograph of a city and had an epiphany. Instantly, they made a connection between the patterns ...
Scientists develop new model to measure vehicle emissions
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers in Boston University's Department of Earth and Environment have developed a new, bottom-up model for measuring on-road vehicle emissions. The model will be used in Massachusetts to more ...
Computer model provides important clues for the production of tightly packed electronic components
Greater numbers of ever-smaller components are required to fit on computer chips to meet the ongoing demands of miniaturizing electronic devices. Consequently, computer chips are becoming increasingly crowded. ...
Making sense of big data: Student wants to harness data to improve human lives
When Jameson Toole explores the streets of Boston and Cambridge, he sees problems waiting to be solved—and he believes some solutions are already in our pockets.
3D planning tool for the city of tomorrow
Noise levels, fine particulate matter, traffic volumes these data are of interest to urban planners and residents alike. A three-dimensional presentation will soon make it easier to handle them: as ...
Native street trees can boost birds' survival
As native birds continue to lose their homes due to the spread of the Australia's cities, scientists are urging city planners and householders to help save them by planting more Australian trees.
Evolution and neuroscience suggest ways to design more human-centric buildings and cities
Take a walk along Hanover Street in Boston's North End, and you can't help but notice the number of people strolling along the sidewalk, the cozy shops with inviting window displays, the frequent cross streets. ...
Glimmers of green hope for Asian cities
The air in most Asian cities is getting more polluted and the rivers filthier, but experts say there are many reasons to believe in a green vision for the region as urbanisation powers ahead.
A brief visit to a neighborhood induces the social attitudes of that neighborhood
Spending as little as 45 minutes in a high-crime, deprived neighbourhood can have measurable effects on people's trust in others and their feelings of paranoia. In a new study, students who visited high crime neighbourhoods ...
Urban vegetation deters crime in Philadelphia
Contrary to convention, vegetation, when well-maintained, can lower the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in cities, according to a Temple University study, "Does vegetation ...
Student researchers find urban agriculture thriving in Los Angeles County
A group of graduate students in urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created the first comprehensive picture of urban agriculture in Los Angeles County.