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June 7, 2012

Local newspapers have always been a relied-upon source for citizens, playing a complex role in the civic life of American communities. According to the 2012 State of the News Media report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, newspaper circulation is dropping while the number of people reading news on mobile devices is on the rise.

Local newspapers have always been a relied-upon source for citizens, playing a complex role in the civic life of American communities. According to the 2012 State of the News Media report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, newspaper circulation is dropping while the number of people reading news on mobile devices is on the rise.

January 25, 2012

There is a little-known struggle going on right now over how a new series of “top level domains” (TLDs) on the Internet shall be used by cities of the world. TLDs are the suffixes at the end of Web addresses, such as .com, .org and .edu. The international body that oversees TLDs is expected to announce a new series of TLDs in 2012 that would give cities their own TLDs (e.g. .nyc or .paris). The new TLDs could make it easier for people in the same metropolitan areas to find each other and interconnect on the Internet and in physical spaces.



This article is brought to you by Planning & Technology Today, the American Planning Association (APA) Technology Division’s quarterly magazine, which links planning professionals with an interest in the use of technology in land use planning and community development.

December 1, 2011

The increasing growth and complexity of cities raises the question how we can use digital media technologies and principles from online culture to design livable and lively cities. How can digital media aid citizens to engage with their environment, with fellow urbanites, and with issues at stake in their cities? Most mobile and location-based apps are about personalized consumption and sharing preferences with an in-group of like-minded people. Can we use digital technologies to help solve collective problems in the city too?

The increasing growth and complexity of cities raises the question how we can use digital media technologies and principles from online culture to design livable and lively cities. How can digital media aid citizens to engage with their environment, with fellow urbanites, and with issues at stake in their cities? Most mobile and location-based apps are about personalized consumption and sharing preferences with an in-group of like-minded people. Can we use digital technologies to help solve collective problems in the city too?

November 17, 2011

There are many ways to leverage your project’s web and mobile presence in our ever innovative world of outreach and communications technologies. In our day to day dealings with clients, we teach businesses, including real estate companies, non-profits, local authorities, and government institutions how to reap the most benefit from today’s most popular social media services, including blogs, online communities, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

August 3, 2011

Now that many planning projects have launched their social media campaigns and are moving in the direction of actively managing a web presence to maintain open online dialogue platforms for public engagement, its time to evaluate what can be done to effectively measure their success rates. It is difficult to benchmark respective activity in the social media realm, as performance is measured differently. This is especially true due to the fact that social media is so versatile, diverse, complex and multi-faceted, spanning many disparate objectives and many different platforms.

Now that many planning projects have launched their social media campaigns and are moving in the direction of actively managing a web presence to maintain open online dialogue platforms for public engagement, its time to evaluate what can be done to effectively measure their success rates. It is difficult to benchmark respective activity in the social media realm, as performance is measured differently. This is especially true due to the fact that social media is so versatile, diverse, complex and multi-faceted, spanning many disparate objectives and many different platforms.

July 20, 2011

At EngagingCities, we are always interested in sharing industry findings that document how new technologies are continuously changing the social life of urban public spaces. So, when we stumbled upon this photo essay and research study, we just had to share it with our readers. The study focuses on the relationship between the use of wireless technologies and the tendency for people to minimize exposure to diversity.

At EngagingCities, we are always interested in sharing industry findings that document how new technologies are continuously changing the social life of urban public spaces. So, when we stumbled upon the photo essay and research study, The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces, we just had to share it with our readers.

June 15, 2011

Can a mobile app improve the quality of life for a farmer in America's heartland or perhaps help school children in Detroit, MI? Can a single app be developed that enables Americans to benefit from broadband communications -- regardless of geography, race, economic status, disability, residence on Tribal land, or limited digital or English literacy?

Can a mobile app improve the quality of life for a farmer in America's heartland or perhaps help school children in Detroit, MI? Can a single app be developed that enables Americans to benefit from broadband communications -- regardless of geography, race, economic status, disability, residence on Tribal land, or limited digital or English literacy?

June 13, 2011

In our opinion, evaluation of participation metrics should be paid more attention to. More often than not, online communities don’t serve their purpose of engaging visitors, simply because they are not being monitored appropriately for optimal participation. Here are just a few things that can be done to raise the bar to measure and increase public engagement in online communities.

In our opinion, evaluation of participation metrics should be paid more attention to. More often than not, online communities don’t serve their purpose of engaging visitors, simply because they are not being monitored appropriately for optimal participation. 

Below, you will find a few ideas for what can be done to raise the bar to measure and increase public engagement in online communities:

June 2, 2011

Lately I’ve been reading about an increasing number of instances in which good-faith planning efforts are being ambushed, often delaying or completely derailing various initiatives. Here, for example, are the new commissioners of Carroll County, Maryland, working to “fix” their comprehensive plan – click on item VI in the agenda under the video or jump to about 1:07 to get to the heart of it. More informatively, here’s the East Bay Tea Party in California revealing the strategy it used to derail a public visioning workshop focused on sustainable development.

June 1, 2011

Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact. Keynote speaker: Vice President Al Gore.

Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact. Keynote speaker: Vice President Al Gore.

All Access passholders and Pre-Festival Summit passholders will automatically receive a complimentary ticket to this keynote when they check in for Monday’s workshop. If you are purchasing a Festival Only Pass (Tues-Wed), you can also purchase a ticket to Al Gore’s keynote by selecting the “Festival Only + Al Gore Keynote” ticket when registering.

April 2, 2011

When you think about government, you think about a lot of things. Taxes, parking tickets, police. Government touches each of our lives in ways we may not even notice.  But if there’s one thing government isn’t known for it is openness, engagement, and efficiency. A one way dialogue has kept the public voice muted and progressive technologies that can deliver much needed change at bay.

April 1, 2011

QR codes, lauded as the next new thing since the mid-1990’s, have finally met with their fifteen minutes of fame.  Early adopters are well-aware of QR codes, but only in the last year or so has the general public started noticing those black and white squares popping up on magazine pages and offline advertising.

February 14, 2011

Terrain Morph is a way to transition from a plan view to a 3D view (and, back again).

Example of raised relief terrain animation from Cat Russell on Vimeo.

In the two plus years that I have worked down the hall from the folks at Computer Terrain Mapping, I have seen a lot of amazing maps, animations and videos come out of their shop.

May 10, 2010

Future Melbourne is the community of Melbourne’s long-term plan for the future direction of all aspects of city life.When the City of Melbourne decided to use an online platform to support collaboration between itself, stakeholders and the public, they realized a comprehensive strategy for implementing the technology was essential. The ‘Future Melbourne’ website was created using wiki software with the strong belief to not only implement the technology but to proactively address common problems typically encountered in online collaboration.

April 20, 2010

At EngagingCities, we believe urban planning is at the verge of a new paradigm: participatory planning.  This type of community development emphasizes a more democratic involvement of the public using new online and mobile communication channels.  Given the rise of social media platforms as a preferred way of communication for many residents, municipalities have been forced to consider whether or not to tap into web 2.0 technologies.  And if a city should decide to jump onto social networking platforms, the looming question of ‘how?’ remains

April 10, 2010

Studio Wikitecture has created by far the most advanced collaborative design process in a virtual world that we have witnessed.

Studio Wikitecture has created by far the most advanced collaborative design process in a virtual world that we have witnessed.