May 30, 2013 — Big Data promises a future where our Big Cities become more flexible and responsive to human needs, argues commentator Adam Frank. While danger may lurk in the data sets, the fact is that we may need to mine Big Data for solutions to our everyday problems.
Oct 23, 2012 — There are lots of lines of evidence telling us our current model for cities is unsustainable. Does that mean cities themselves are the problem and we should all move back to the farm?
Oct 9, 2012 — The vast web of geometries traced out in light shows you cities as a kind of infestation. They're like living networks spreading across the planet.
Aug 21, 2012 — The second law of thermodynamics is a kind of warning to cities and civilization. No matter how clever we are, disorder, waste and pollution will always follow from our work organizing societies into cities.
Jul 3, 2012 — Cities are defined, in large part, by physics. It may not be obvious at first glance. But look closer and you'll see evidence everywhere that humans have used their understanding of physics to design and build the machines we call cities.
Jul 21, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what a 21st century American city might look like, and memories of NASA's space shuttle program. In the second hour, the severity of the country's heat wave, and the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Bull Run.