How Cutting-Edge Materials Will Change the Look of the Cities of the Future

Smart glass, metal sponges, and more of the discoveries that will define where we live and work.
Rowena Fletcher-Wood
6 min read

After Disasters Hit Our Cities, Why We Stay and Rebuild

Reflections on living through an earthquake–and what to preserve and what to replace.
Jo Elise
5 min read

The Rebirth of the City-State

Are technological, cultural, and environmental factors combining to disrupt the nation-state in favor of an ancient alternative?
Corin Faife
7 min read

Metropolis: A Reading List

A crash course in the ways cities influence new ideas–and how new ideas change city life.
How We Get To Next
3 min read

A Darker Future For Us All

The battle against light pollution is on.
Ros Donald
4 min read
A child holds a tablet computer in a classroom.

Building the Libraries of Tomorrow

With people increasingly reading on ever-more-mobile devices, libraries need a reboot to stay relevant.
Mark Harris
2 min read
Salads growing under purple LED lights in a hydroponic urban farm.

Zero Food Miles at the MIT CityFARM

The next generation of truly green buildings should look–and taste–good enough to eat.
Mark Harris
1 min read

San Francisco’s Hackable Sidewalks are Real Conversation Starters

Encouraging social interaction in cities through giant concrete parabola.
Alice Bell
3 min read