Sometimes I worry that I will miss the future while I’m looking for a parking space. It might seem surprising that, as we enter the age of self-driving car, remote workers, and virtual reality, that we’re still focused on finding a place to park. But parking is still a dominant feature that drives where and how we live. Just take a look at this description of Apple’s soon-to-open futuristic campus: “The main building resembles a flying saucer with a hole in the middle. Through its large, gently curving windows, workers will eventually look out on a wood containing some 7,000 carefully chosen trees. It is as though a race of high-tech beings has landed on a pristine planet. And then, unfortunately, there’s the car park. For 14,000 workers, Apple is building almost 11,000 parking spaces … in all, the new headquarters will contain 318,000 square metres of offices and laboratories. The car parks will occupy 325,000 square metres.” From The Economist, an interesting look at how parking shapes our cities: Parkageddon – How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl.