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Emerging Technologies are changing how we live, move, and spend time in cities. Explore each of these innovations and learn about their current state of development, deployment considerations, and how we are using them now, as well as how we may be using them in the future.


Potential impacts

There are five main categories of urban, suburban, and rural life which are being affected by new technologies. Explore these categories to discover how considerations within each category might be impacted.

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Broad implications

In addition to physical impacts, emerging technologies are likely to have far-reaching social and environmental implications for our communities. Learn how emerging technologies may impact the topics listed below.

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What to do

How can we maximize the benefits and reduce the risks that come with new technologies? How can we leverage emerging technologies to achieve community goals? Investigate how our policies, programs, investments and designs need to change, and what various communities have done to date.



Communication and sharing of knowledge is key for sound decision-making around these emerging topics. The Resources section brings you the latest developments, materials for continuing the conversation with others, plus an in-depth bank of research on these topics.


Report – Academic
Urbanism Next

The Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon, in partnership with Alta Planning + Design, Spirit for Change, and Metro hosted the Future of Public Spaces and Placemaking workshop on January 24th, 2020. This one-day workshop, supported by the Knight Foundation, brought together a wide range of community activists, government officials, policymakers, urbanists, planners, designers, technology representatives, and other professionals to share ideas and concerns, and to discuss emerging technologies such as new mobility, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), autonomous vehicles (AVs), and e-commerce, and their impacts on urban space and placemaking. The workshop concluded with a site-specific charrette aimed at investigating how communities can best prepare for these changes and adapt their public spaces to create places that are resilient, dynamic, equitable, and sustainable.

Report – Academic
Becky Steckler
University of Oregon

The purpose of this study is to go beyond cataloging pilot projects to determine the lessons learned, emerging trends and considerations, and examples of promising practices from pilot projects in the United States and Canada. Researchers assessed 220 pilot projects and 11 case studies. Based on that assessment, they recommend 10 actions for pilot projects generally. The study resulted in 31 lessons learned organized by pilot goals, evaluation, implementation, outcomes, and policy and infrastructure implications.

Fact Sheet
Urbanism Next

This is a fact sheet suitable for use as a printed handout on Urbanism Next's topline research findings regarding micromobility.

Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities Coalition

Sustainable, inclusive, prosperous, and resilient cities depend on transportation that facilitates the safe, efficient, and pollution-free flow of people and goods, while also providing affordable, healthy, and integrated mobility for all people. The pace of technology-driven innovation from the private sector in shared transportation services, vehicles, and networks is rapid, accelerating, and filled with opportunity. At the same time, city streets are a finite and scarce resource.These principles, produced by a working group of international NGOs, are designed to guide urban decision-makers and stakeholders toward the best outcomes for all.

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