A roundup of news and articles the Unfamiliar Terrain team is reading this week:

Africa unplugged” (The Economist): How will off-grid solar change patterns of urban and regional development?

Visualizing the Toughest Challenges Facing Global Cities” (CityLab): Can enhanced data visualization help us tackle complex, interconnected urban problems?

Is New York Too Expensive for Restaurateurs? We Do the Math” and “Art Dealers Move Out of the Gallery and Into a Taco Bell” (NYT): How can new restaurants and galleries stay afloat in competitive real estate markets?

The Next Frontier for Energy Savings in Buildings and Cities: Tenant Spaces” (Natural Resources Defense Council): New opportunities for improving energy performance.

Here’s How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Your City” (Wired):  8 experts weigh-in.

Uber’s New Goal: Flying Cars in Less Than a Decade” (MIT Technology Review): On-demand flying cars(!).

Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing” (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy): Recommendations on how to craft robust inclusionary housing based on the analysis of 20 inclusionary housing programs across the US.

Half a House” (99% Invisible): How did slum upgrading and incremental housing techniques from the 1970s find their way into Pritzker Prize-winning architecture?

Closing California’s housing gap” and “Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities” (McKinsey Global Institute): New McKinsey reports address housing needs and demographic change.