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Category Archives: Research

June 7, 2017
New EcoCity Model To Mitigate Urban Heat Islands

Prof. Kuang Wenhui’s group at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed the EcoCity model for regulating urban land cover structures and thermal environments, and has established eco-regulation thresholds for urban surface thermal environments.

June 6, 2017
The Age of the Smart City
Spatial Complexity

In this paper, I argue that the smart cities movement is simply the latest stage in the massive dissemination of digital computation that began with its invention some 70 or more years ago.

American Fuel Cell Bus Project Evaluation: Third Report
Transportation Research Board

This research compares the FCEB performance to that of conventional technology and tracks progress over time toward meeting the technical targets set by U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S Federal Transit Agency.

Choosing Safe, Cost-Effective Intersection Designs
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program latest Ready Results explores the Life-Cycle Cost Estimation Tool, a spreadsheet-based tool for comparing the life-cycle costs of alternative designs for new and existing intersections.

Variable Speed Limits Could Ease Work Zones
University of Missouri-Columbia

Researchers found that using variable speed limits in construction zones may ease congestion, reduce crashes and make work zones safer for both workers and travelers nationally.

Easing Spatial Inequities: Urban Enterprise Zones in Brussels
European Planning Studies (abstract)

This paper offers an ex-ante policy analysis of the Zone of Economic Expansion in inner-city neighbourhoods of the Brussels Canal Area. It identifies the anticipated effects by scrutinizing the impact of a similar and already implemented Urban Enterprise Zone in Roubaix.

Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

The network aims to stimulate research in relation to regional economic development and planning challenges, by exploring the importance of historical approaches and methodologies whilst uncovering linkages between historical science and regional studies.

June 5, 2017
Performance-Based Planning and Programming For Transit
Federal Transit Administration

When implemented effectively, performance management can improve project and program delivery, inform investment decisions, focus staff on leadership priorities, and provide greater transparency and accountability.

Order, Complexity and Endogenous Dynamism in Suburbs and Towns
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

This article argues that with the rise of the shopping centre and the decline of traditional precincts, the subsystems of the city, its activity centres, have been increasingly organised by mechanical order rather than the self-organisation required of complexity.

Parking Policies in China’s Metropolises
Urban Policy and Research (abstract)

To untangle the factors that contribute to delays implementing desirable parking policy reforms, this paper examines the development of parking policies in China.

Improving Livability Using Green and Active Modes
Transportation Research Board (abstract)

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University has released a report that uses a level of traffic stress (LTS) criteria to determine how the streets in selected study areas functioned for transportation modes such as bicycles, pedestrians, and bus transit.

Measuring Neighborhood Walkable Environments
International Journal of Environmental Research (abstract)

In this study, we involved nearby residents and compared the extent to which Google Street View assessments of the walkable environment correlated with assessments from local residents and with field visits.

Temporal Patterns in Bike-Sharing
International Journal of Urban Sciences (abstract)

Bicycle-Sharing Systems (BSS) are growing quickly in popularity all over the world. In this article, we propose a method based on Nonnegative Matrix Factorization to study the typical temporal patterns of usage of the BSS of Lyon, France, by studying logs of rentals.

Are Solar Cities Feasible?
International Journal of Urban Sciences (abstract)

We examine 3 pathways toward solar cities: ‘project-based solar development’; ‘strategic solar development’; and ‘infrastructure-scale solar city development’, focusing in each case on solar development since much of the urban conservation potential is capable of self-financing.

June 1, 2017
The Road Movie As Automobilities Research
Mobilities (abstract)

This article argues for the use of film studies in the study of mobilities, with a specific focus on the analysis of genre, and the particularly fictional character of genre film.

U.S. Cities Have Worse Inequality Than Mexico

US census data and recent American Community Surveys show that in most modern American metropolises, resources are unevenly distributed across the city with residents enjoying unequal access to jobs, transit, and public space.

Smart Cities Bring Eco-Friendly Jobs

Smart cities across Europe are pioneering all sorts of cutting-edge technologies to reduce pollution and boost energy efficiency, becoming green role models for others to follow.

May 30, 2017
National Guidelines for Automated Vehicle Trials
Transportation Research Board

Australia’s National Transport Council has released a report that outlines the recommendations for national guidelines for automated vehicle trials in Australia.

Freight Intermodal Connectors Study
Transportation Research Board

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that investigates the condition and performance of the nation’s freight intermodal connectors.


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