Category Archives: smart cities

New report: Making Sense of the New Urban Science

Dr. Anthony Townsend, Senior Researcher at the NYU Rudin Center, has released a new report, “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

He writes, “The world’s leading universities have embarked on a building boom for urban research. What does it mean for the future of cities?”

“If present trends continue, by 2030, new urban science institutions could connect thousands of researchers and students, and represent more than $2.5 billion in current and future investment.”

Click here to read the report. (pdf)

Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions  from "Making Sense of the New Urban Science."
Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions from “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • The importance of building Hudson River rail tunnels (Link)
  • Microtransit: A combination of public transit and Uber (Link)
  • New traffic signals for cyclists in London (Link)
  • An app to make parking less painful (Link)
  • Planning for the good and bad of electric tricycles in the Philippines (Link)
  • Our report on Citi Bike, and its low female ridership, was featured in The New York Times(Link)
  • The report was also highlighted in a Pix11 report; here’s the video:


Photo Above By: Sean Batten                                                                              Post By: Sean Lewin

Event: The Future of the Streetscape

Please join the NYU Rudin Center and the Van Alen Institute on June 11 for an evening of discussion:

How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, and Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Scientist, will present at the event on behalf of the Rudin Center, along with esteemed professionals from throughout the transportation and tech fields.

Tickets and more information are available here: https://vanalen.org/events/on-the-street/

Students: Please email the Rudin Center for discounted tickets.

Image above via Flickr user Mel Schmidt

 

Big Data, Big Picture

Next City talks to two of our researchers, Anthony Townsend and Sarah Kaufman, about patterns in big data and challenges cities face in using it. And they ask, would you share your private data for the good of city planning planning? Well, would you?

“As the data accumulates, these traffic schemas acquire a third dimension: They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year.

They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year. Using cellphone data, for example, “you can really see the story of how a metropolitan area has evolved, over the last decade,” says Anthony Townsend, the author of Smart Cities.

Many of these ideas are hypothetical, for the moment, because so-called “granular” data is so hard to come by…Corporate entities, like Uber’s pending data offering to Boston, don’t always meet researchers’ standards. “It’s going to be a lot of superficial data, and it’s not clear how usable it’ll be at this point,” explains Sarah Kaufman.”

A Discussion on the Future of Digital Technology and Urban Mobility

On December 3, the Rudin Center held an event on “Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?” which explored four forecasts of mobility, land use and transportation planning in U.S. metropolitan areas in 2030. A presentation of the Rudin Center’s recent report on digital innovation and transportation was presented by Senior Research Scientist Anthony Townsend, followed by commentary and insight from four invited panelists:

  • Robin Chase, Buzzcar
  • Stacey Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation
  • Greg Lindsay, Visiting Scholar, NYU Rudin Center
  • Benjamin De La Peña, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

A full run-down of the event can be found at NYU News.

http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/rudin-12-03-2014

Photos by Emily Rhodes and Jorge Hernandez

New Report: Re-Programming Mobility

Anthony Townsend’s new report on the future of transportation:

“With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management has developed a set of four alternative future scenarios set in a selection of representative U.S. metropolitan areas in 2030. Based on our synthesis of current and anticipated technological innovations and expert speculation on their impacts from over 150 source documents, these scenarios highlight:

  • likely and possible shifts in the market for mobility, public financing schemes, and the overall structure and function of the U.S. transportation system at a metropolitan level,
  • the kinds of organizational changes that transportation regulators, funding agencies, and public planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and
  • the kinds of skills and practices that might be required of transportation planners in the future.”

Read more on the project website.

New event: Short Talks, Big Ideas

Join us at the sixth edition of Short Talks, Big Ideas on September 23rd.

RSVP here – http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/rudin-09-23-2014

Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location:  295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue


Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series.
Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.

Confirmed Speakers:
John Biggs, TechCrunch – “Mytro”
Arlene Ducao, MindRider – Brain wave-tracking bike helmets
Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP – Water Street Corridorscope
Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Neysa Pranger, Control Group – Beacon technology for transit
Ryan Russo, NYC DOT – Vision Zero
Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design – Green loading zones
Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance – Development of the NY/NJ waterfront

Moderator:
Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Follow @NYURudin for more speaker announcements, and join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas14

 

The Psychology of Reducing Traffic Speeds

No one receives a social penalty for aggressive driving, and only rarely a legal penalty,” writes Tom Vanderbilt, NYU Rudin Center Visiting Scholar, in The New York Times. Read his full piece about the psychological aspects of attaining Vision Zero here.

Full Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/opinion/how-the-power-of-suggestion-can-slow-speeding-drivers.html