Oslo Moves to Make Its City Car Free

In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian and cyclist friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to limit congestion, reduce pollution and make the city more walkable. Other cities have launched similar initiatives with slight public resistance but quite positive …

Google’s City of the Future in Toronto

Google sister-company Sidewalk Labs has been contracted by a coalition of the Toronto, Ontario and Canadian governments to develop Quayside, Toronto as (what Sidewalk Labs refers to as) “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up.” The concept of a smart-city is far from new—but what’s being proposed here requires such a data-driven feedback cycle that Politico wonders who would want to live in …

Fictitious Topographies

A Brazilian artist's solo exhibition re-imagines the urban landscape

Daniel Escobar will ring in 2012 with “Fictitious Topographies,” his first solo exhibition in the United States. Inspired by the ubiquitous influence of the urban landscape, the Brazilian artist has decided to remake aspects of real cities into creative works of art born from maps and printed promotional materials. By destroying and resurrecting the physical world, Escobar finds new possibilities in the everyday. The exhibition …