How Transit-Oriented Development Benefits Local Economies
Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brazil | EMBARQ Brazil.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future
Tackling pressing urban challenges requires engaging innovative youth for long-term sustainability. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr.
Given our increasingly complex and dynamic world, cities need to be continuously innovating in order to solve pressing social and environmental problems. Many cities worldwide are growing rapidly, and by 2050 it is estimated that 70 per cent of the world’s ...
The First “Urban Pope”
A Brazilian slum, or favela, and a cross. Pope Francis's Encyclium addresses urban poverty and inequality as well as climate change.  Chico Ferreira/Flickr
Pope Francis is proving to be the first “environmentalist pope.” It turns out he also may be the first urbanist pope–not counting the aptly named Pope Urban of the 3rd Century. Today marks an important milestone in the global effort ...
7 Principles for Transit-Oriented Development
By managing growth that is compact, coordinated, and connected, transit-oriented development (TOD) prioritizes people over cars. Photo by Fred Inklaar.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Designing for a Sustainable Future: A Q&A with Jared Green
Green spaces in cities, such as New York's High Line, promote an active, sustainable lifestyle for city residents. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr.
For Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green asked 80 architects, landscape architects, urban planners, non-profit leaders, journalists, and artists—all people shaping the future of our built and natural environments—the same question: what gives ...
Enrique Peñalosa: Our Streets Belong to All
Former mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa has been a champion for building equitable cities. Photo by Colin Hughes/Flickr.
Enrique Peñalosa, Bogota’s former mayor, will come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 9  for the Mayors´ Summit. The event is hosted by WRI Brasil | EMBARQ Brasil as part of EMBARQ Brasil’s 10th anniversary celebration. Here is an exclusive interview for ...
Friday Fun: Hacking Our Way to Global Climate Action with #Climathon
By drawing on the expertise and insights of the public, hackathons, like #Climathon, can be a tool for generating action and innovative solutions at a local level. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr.
Yesterday was an incredibly significant day for climate change action. Not only did the highly anticipated release of Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical, which calls for people worldwide—regardless of religious affiliation—to make more sustainable lifestyle and consumption choices,  inspire action ...
In Photos: Raahgiri Day Making A Difference for Youth with Disabilities
Gurgaon, India recently celebrated "Inclusive Raahgiri Day," focusing on children with disabilities. Photo by Ajay Gautam.
Launched in Gurgaon, India in 2013, Raahgiri Day closes down city streets to cars, bringing people of all ages out to walk, bike, make music, and socialize. Recently, India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, along with the Municipal Corporation ...
Suburbia Goes Global: What It Means for Urban Sustainability
A suburban development outside Beijing, "Orange County" is just one of many gated communities springing up on the edges of cities worldwide. Photo by Andrew Stokols.
Red tile roofs, a backyard barbecue, a clubhouse in the style of a French chateau. Welcome to Orange County. No, not Orange County, California, the famed suburban region known for its beaches and McMansions. This is Orange County, Beijing. The ...
Friday Fun: Bringing Art to City Streets around the World
TheCityFix's own mural: "Cityfiksy". Photo by Andrew Stokols.
Street art can do a lot for a city: improve traffic safety, engage local political and social issues, and contribute to the vibrancy of urban communities. In many urban neighborhoods worldwide, street art is no long perceived as a public ...