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4 Priorities for a Conversation around Habitat III

Tue, 2016-03-08 22:09
Habitat III in Quito Ecuador this October will be an opportunity to galvanize local leaders to forge strategies for sustainable, equitable and resilient urban growth. But the stakes are high, and the conversation among policymakers and local leaders is still ...

How Can Africa Deliver on Its Ambitious Vision for Habitat III?

Mon, 2016-03-07 21:01
From February 24 – 26, 2016 African ministers and stakeholder representatives from numerous civil society organizations gathered in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss African priorities for Habitat III, the U. N.’s 20-year urbanization conference that takes place in October. At the end ...

Friday Fun: New Bike Infrastructure Projects from Hong Kong, Germany and Kuala Lumpur

Sat, 2016-03-05 03:36
The benefits of cycling—both for cities and people—are well known. For individuals, cycling can be an efficient, safe and cheap form of mobility as well as a good source of physical activity, helping to reduce obesity and other health risks. ...

In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency

Wed, 2016-03-02 21:30
On February 23 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings laboratory (EEB Lab) in Shanghai. In a city where 18.4 percent of emissions come from buildings, the EEB Lab is engaging local stakeholders ...

New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City

Tue, 2016-03-01 02:04
Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...

New Data Shows São Paulo’s Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution

Fri, 2016-02-26 02:57
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...

Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee

Tue, 2016-02-23 00:56
For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production ...

4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All

Fri, 2016-02-19 02:50
With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate ...

Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development

Wed, 2016-02-17 22:47
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...

Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better

Wed, 2016-02-17 00:14
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20′s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...

Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China

Fri, 2016-02-12 23:04
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...

Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth

Fri, 2016-02-12 01:07
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...

Do You Have the Next Big Idea for Shared Mobility in Indian Cities? Apply Now to the New Mobility Accelerator

Tue, 2016-02-09 21:14
Across the world, young and dynamic businesses are leveraging technology to improve last-mile connectivity and deliver more efficient mobility solutions. While access to on-demand services like Uber and Ola has often made commuting in cities more convenient, it is unclear ...

Bogotá’s New Bike Lane: Not Just a Change in Direction, But a Change in Message

Tue, 2016-02-09 03:18
As part of Bogotá’s 16th annual car-free day on February 4, 2016 the city reaffirmed its commitment to safe cycling by converting one of the four lanes on Carrera 11—a major road—into a two-way bike lane.  The road has already ...

Friday Fun: Using Open Data to Visualize Public Transport, in Videos

Fri, 2016-02-05 23:05
Talk to any data expert, and you’ll probably hear about how data is revolutionizing urban transport. Without access to travel information, people are left in the dark when it comes to planning their day—a major inefficiency for any city. For ...

Real-Time Transit Data Is Good for People and Cities. What’s Holding This Technology Back?

Thu, 2016-02-04 00:43
People with access to real-time transit information have been shown to spend 15 percent less time waiting at bus stops than people without this information. Additionally, a study of Chicago’s bus routes found that access to real-time transit information increased ...

Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable

Tue, 2016-02-02 22:21
How livable a community is depends on many factors like affordability, health, safety, connectivity, infrastructure and services. As cities around the world grow, urbanization can often threaten a city’s livability by causing land prices and housing costs to rise. Moreover, ...

India’s Smart Cities Mission Takes A Forward Step

Mon, 2016-02-01 21:09
In the last 15 years of my professional career, many concepts around urban development have come and gone, but none have evoked such an excitement as the Narendra Modi government’s proposed 100 Smart Cities initiative, that has a price tag ...

Friday Fun: Worried About Your Bike Being Stolen? Innovators Are Here to Help

Fri, 2016-01-29 21:01
Transcending borders, bicycles have emerged as an essential transport option for citizens—and they play a significant role in making cities more sustainable. However, concerns about bike theft have held back both public bikeshare schemes and discouraged individual cyclists. As virtually ...

Making Space for Corridors and Ensuring Reliability: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 21:14
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in a variety ...

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