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A 3D Play for Citizen Planning

The city of Gothenburg, Sweden, has taken a novel approach to getting locals involved in the planning process. Instead of relying only on public meetings and design charrettes, the city has developed an interactive and photorealistic 3D map that residents can use to drop in suggestions and ideas for improving their city.

Google Fiber offers super-fast broadband to Kansas City

Google has begun to connect US homes in Kansas City to super-fast broadband, offering residents speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second).

Go Ahead, Try Drawing an Outline of the Midwest on a Map

Go Ahead, Try Drawing an Outline of the Midwest on a Map - Jenny Xie - The Atlantic Cities

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

Those of us on the Visual Insights team are obsessed with the patterns that emerge from aggregated Tweets over time. A continuing curiosity is about the geographical shapes that surface in geotagged Tweets. Find out more maps on

Graffiti, Created With Water Guns

A French artist has built a giant water-sensitive light-board for your artistic pleasure. Participants use a water gun, a brush or a spray bottle to create patterns of moisture that light up the board.

Should We Crowdsource Walkability Rankings?

If the wildly and justly popular internet app Walk Score hooked up with the crowdsourced travel site Trip Advisor and produced offspring, it might turn out something like the new-generation Walk Score launched this week: location-based walkability ratings calculated from objective data, augmented with user reviews, photos and input.

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

By Alexander George Engineer Jim Kor and his design for the Urbee Photo: Sara Payne Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light,...