Inspirations

Thought-provoking concepts to spark your creativity for the Urban Innovation Challenge

Are these ideas you see becoming part of our urban future?

  Stockholm plans walkways connecting high-rise rooftops

Stockholm plans walkways connecting high-rise rooftops

  China can smartly build 10 New York cities in 10 years

China can smartly build 10 New York cities in 10 years

  The audacious plan to turn a sprawling DC suburb Into a Big City

The audacious plan to turn a sprawling DC suburb Into a Big City

  One freight crate, two acres of urban farming

One freight crate, two acres of urban farming

  A "night mayor" Is transforming Amsterdam after dark

A "night mayor" Is transforming Amsterdam after dark

  Transportation Secretary says Elon Musk's hyperloop could be the next "moonshot"

Transportation Secretary says Elon Musk's hyperloop could be the next "moonshot"

  How will the cities of the future be lit?

How will the cities of the future be lit?

  Animated map shows the time it took to travel the world 100 years ago

Animated map shows the time it took to travel the world 100 years ago

  Singapore's elevated park will stretch the length of the entire island

Singapore's elevated park will stretch the length of the entire island

Challenges

  Gentrification X: how an academic argument became the people's protest

Gentrification X: how an academic argument became the people's protest

  The Bacon-Wrapped Economy   Tech has brought very young, very rich people to the Bay Area like never before. And the changes to our cultural and economic landscape aren't necessarily for the better.

The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

Tech has brought very young, very rich people to the Bay Area like never before. And the changes to our cultural and economic landscape aren't necessarily for the better.

  What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood   Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.

  Could Dense Development Make the Housing Crisis Worse?   In “Building Cities For People,” author Joel Kotkin, a former San Franciscan turned urban studies fellow at Chapman, argues that increasing building density actually makes the housing crisis worse, and also makes San Francisco less likely to attract and retain anyone except the super-rich.

Could Dense Development Make the Housing Crisis Worse?

In “Building Cities For People,” author Joel Kotkin, a former San Franciscan turned urban studies fellow at Chapman, argues that increasing building density actually makes the housing crisis worse, and also makes San Francisco less likely to attract and retain anyone except the super-rich.

  The Super Bowl and a Broken San Francisco  The championship game descends on a city failing to deal with questions of affordability and inclusion.

The Super Bowl and a Broken San Francisco The championship game descends on a city failing to deal with questions of affordability and inclusion.