How technology is changing our cities.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs), new mobility services, the rise of E-commerce, and the proliferation of the sharing economy are having profound effects not only on how we live, move, and spend our time in cities, but also increasingly on urban form and development itself. These new technologies are changing the ease of transport, the role of transit, and the places we spend our time. These changes will have profound effects on cities including large shifts in land use, changes in street design, a potential reduction on the need for parking, a shift on where we choose to live, and challenges for urban density, the extent of sprawl, and the vitality of urban areas.

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Conference 2020

Leading the conversation


Save the date! The next Urbanism Next Conference will be held May 14-15, 2020 in Portland, OR. The Urbanism Next 2019 Conference brought together a truly interdisciplinary group of people from the private, public and academic sectors who play a critical role in the future of our cities. Thank you to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more information about 2020.

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News & Research


current research and relevant news

Check out our blog for a compilation of research and current articles covering a variety of viewpoints on our selected topics. We have also been working on our own research.  We have begun publishing a series of brief papers on issues related to Urbanism Next.  The intention is to introduce you to some key topics that will be affecting how cities develop as they face ongoing and transformative changes in technology.