urbanism

Smart Cities

How an Old Industrial Ship Yard Created 7,000 New Jobs

Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO David Ehrenberg tells Motherboard how his non-profit reclaimed an industrial workspace and updated it for the 21st century.
Samantha Cole
5.28.17
After Dark

Amsterdam Has a 'Night Mayor' and He's Not Here Just to Party

Motherboard sat down with Mirik Milan, the original Night Mayor, to discuss why a vibrant nightlife integral to a successful city.
Grennan Milliken
5.27.17
humans of the year

Deb Socia Wants Your City's Internet to Not Suck

The executive director of Next Century Cities is leading a coalition to promote municipal broadband.
Nicholas Deleon
2.3.17
Features

How Big Can Los Angeles Get?

Four million and counting.
Keith Wagstaff
6.22.16
Features

How 'Neighborhood Simulator' Block'Hood Turns a City Into an Organism

Block'hood's ideal is of harmony and cycles and flows—of inputs that feed into outputs, which feed back into the system again.
Richard Moss
6.16.16
Features

​The World’s Most Wasteful Megacity

Welcome to the most wasteful city in the world—a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia.
Brian Merchant
5.5.15
egypt

Egypt's Silicon Valley-Inspired Plan to Build a Utopian Capital to Replace Cairo

Egypt says it's going to build a brand new Capital city for five million people, from scratch.
Brian Merchant
3.17.15
Culture

The Mesmerizing Calm of a Massive Taiwanese Scooter Traffic Jam

It's controlled chaos of the highest order.
Brian Anderson
7.14.14
Motherboard Blog

The Planet's First Floating City Will Be Made of Wood

A floating school was just built in Nigeria. First the school, next, an entire buoyant city.
Brian Merchant
3.11.13
Motherboard Blog

The Mile-High Cities of the Future Will Be Miserable

In the year 2025, there will be buildings that stand over a mile high. There were, at one point, concrete plans for a skyscraper in a Middle Eastern nation that was to tower one and a half miles into the heavens. That one was shelved, but major...
Brian Merchant
9.20.12
Motherboard Blog

SimCity for Real

In the future, computer programs will do all of our city planning for us. With an immaculately detailed set of established parameters, an elaborately coded piece of software will allow us to simply press ‘Enter’, and we’ll be able to build an...
Brian Merchant
4.29.11
Motherboard Blog

The Aerotropolis: Will Cities Be Airports?

To most people, building an entire city around an airport probably seems like a terrible idea. First of all, airports just aren’t fun — especially in the US, they’re irritating places and filled with never-ending lines, over-priced food, and irascible...
Brian Merchant
2.21.11