Author: Patrick J. Kiger

Patrick J. Kiger is a Takoma Park, Maryland–based freelance writer who blogs about futurism and technology for the Science Channel.

Articles by Patrick J. Kiger

  • Rebuilding by Design: The Art of Resilience
    Published on August 25, 2014 in Sustainability
    After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New York Metropolitan Area, an innovative federal program challenged design teams to weave resilience into the urban landscape.
  • How Coworking is Transforming the Office
    Published on June 02, 2014 in Planning & Design
    Coworking, in which entrepreneurs, startups, and even corporate small teams interact in an open office, is growing exponentially. In the process, it may transform land use.
  • How Vancouver Invented Itself
    Published on February 14, 2014 in Planning & Design
    "Vancouverism" is synonymous with tower-podium architecture, green space, and breathtaking views. But the city's development process is sometimes overlooked.
  • Chicago’s Novel Infrastructure Trust
    Published on October 21, 2013 in Infrastructure
    "The City That Works" is embarking on a big goal: Raising $1.7 billion in private capital to pay for desperately needed infrastructure improvements-and generating a financial return for investors.
  • Crowdfunding a New Urban Identity
    Published on August 14, 2013 in Market Trends
    In April, 130,000 people flocked to the first One Spark festival in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, to hear indie rock bands, watch fire dancers, admire multimedia art installations, and, most important, listen to entrepreneurs’ pitches for more than 400 projects in search of seed money.
  • Five Lessons From One Spark: How to Stage a Crowdfunding Festival
    Published on August 14, 2013 in Market Trends
    Elton Rivas, One Spark cofounder, and Peter S. Rummell, one of the festival’s major backers and immediate past chairman of ULI, offer some insights into how they created the event and how they might improve the model.
  • Imagining Land Use in 2063
    Published on April 22, 2013 in Planning & Design
    How different will land use be in 50 years? While some futurists think suburban tract house and the shopping mall will have gone the way of the dinosaurs, others envision a strikingly different scenario, in which people increasingly will forsake the cities for the rural countryside living in updated, technologically advanced, and economically self-sufficient versions of the 19th-century village.