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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.

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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.

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Resources

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.

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Report – Academic
2020
Urbanism Next

Before the pandemic, Urbanism Next developed a framework organizing the disruptions to cities caused by emerging transportation technologies on land use, urban design, building design, transportation, and real estate. COVID-19 has disrupted the trajectory of these emerging technologies and will, in turn, change some our original assumptions. This paper revisits the original Urbanism Next framework, taking into account the cascading impacts of the pandemic. This report is one of two reports completed by Urbanism Next on the impacts of Covid-19.

Report – Academic
2020
Urbanism Next

How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing urban living? In this paper, we explore the landscape of COVID-19 disruptions to date on land use and real estate, urban design, building design, transportation, e-commerce and retail, and goods delivery. We also highlight the longer-term questions and potential ongoing impacts COVID-19 might have on the built environment.

Report – Academic
2020
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
2020
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.

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