Cities of Tomorrow

How today's most creative urban experiments are mapping the way to our future utopias.

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New York, New York

They’re calling it the country’s first “quantified community”: Hudson Yards—the vast mixed-use development that will turn an unsightly railyard into a vibrant neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side—will be rigged out with tools to help gather information about, and then improve upon, its own infrastructure and systems. (Residents can choose whether to take part, thus allaying some of the paranoia around Big Data’s Big Brotherish aspects.) A few of the ways in which Hudson Yards will track living conditions and activity: monitors to keep an eye on foot and vehicular traffic, on-site power generator to regulate energy consumption and underground pneumatic tube to sort and conceal garbage.