Could autonomous vehicles always be in motion?

One interesting aspect of autonomous cars is their potential to always be in motion and possibly function as autonomous taxi services. If they worked well they might have the power to transform transportation in cities.

What can cities do to improve access to nature?

Research has shown that city dwellers benefit from exposure to nature. The health benefits of exposure are real and quantifiable. Access to nature will soon be seen as a basic human right, the type of issue over which lawsuits will soon be filed. What can cities do to improve access to nature for their residents?

We live in an age of refugees

We live in an age dominated by news of the Syrian civil war. As far as civil wars goes it is one of the worst. Syrians are escaping a conflict in which dozens of warring factions, including their own government, are fighting a pitiless war. It is hard for anyone to keep all the sides straight.

Should condos be designed to encourage more social interaction?

In design and marketing of condos the emphasis is on privacy and exclusivity, the kind that can lead to social isolation. Do all condo dwellers really like all this privacy and exclusivity or would they prefer just a bit more community-building features in the design of their buildings?

photo by Michael Cumming

Are people becoming globalized?

People now gathered at the Budapest train station seem interested in testing a new form of globalization—that of the free movement of people. If you can ship a toaster, a barrel of crude oil across an international boundary with minimum fuss why not a family threatened with destruction?

photo by O─čuzhan Ali

Is building high the only way to achieve density?

Density has advantages for cities including compactness and reduced service costs. Usually, cities address density concerns by building high. But is this the only, or the best way to create density?

photo by Michael Cumming

Model of types of nodes and links in graphs

Graphs on this site work in specific ways to organize information into three types of nodes: Input Nodes, Question Nodes and Output Nodes. The intent is to have these different nodes interact in interesting ways. We are particularly interested in the creation of feedback loops.