Public Spaces: 10 Principles for Connecting People and the Streets
Public spaces have the power to connect people and cities. Image from Car Free NYC on Earth Day 2017. Photo by New York City Department of Transportation / Flickr
Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the rule, ...
What About the People? Unlocking the Key to Socially Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Children play in flood waters after torrential rains in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta. Photo by Kate Lamb, Freelance journalist.
Rapid urbanization, economic growth and climate change are putting increasing pressure on urban communities around the world. While strong physical structures are important, social relationships play a key role in determining urban communities’ resilience during adverse weather events. Community resilience ...
How Can China’s Green Building Sector Grow Fivefold by 2030? 3 Cities Show Us the Way
Beijing skyline in the evening. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/ Flickr
China has grand plans to green its buildings. The country’s national climate commitment calls for 50 percent of all new buildings constructed by 2020 to be certified green buildings, while its 13th Five-Year Plan prioritizes building efficiency. Following through on ...
Voices of Efficiency: Dinh Quang Cuong, Amit Prothi and Da Nang’s Plans for a Resilient, Efficient Economy
Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo by Jean-Pierre Bluteau / Flickr
The government of Da Nang, Vietnam has prioritized building efficiency as part of its new Resilience Strategy to address public health and economic risks from climate change. In 2016, the city began working with the global Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) ...
How to Attract Private Investment to Energy-Efficient Buildings? Follow the 5 “S’s”
Energy efficiency building monitoring system. Photo by Argonne National Labs/Flickr
The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum kicked off with a stark warning: The world is not on track to reach its 2030 energy goals, including those on efficiency. To speed action, leaders in government and finance will need to ...
Real Estate Regulation Act: A Potential Opportunity for Transit-Oriented Development
Photo by Prerna Mehta/WRI India
The real estate sector is one of the largest contributors to India’s GDP, and it is expected to grow by 30 percent over the next decade. However, it is also considered the “most ambiguous sector to transact under,” with insufficient ...
China’s Clean Air Challenge: $3 Billion Air Pollution from Transport in Chengdu
Chengdu, China encourages cycling and walking to mitigate air pollution from fossil fuels. Photo by Richy / Fickr
This is the third installment of WRI’s China’s Clean Air Challenge blog series. This series examines the increasing social, environmental and economic impacts of the serious air quality challenge in Chinese cities and investigates the sources of emissions and sustainable ...
With National Urban Policies, the Process Is the Goal
Paris, France hosted the International Conference on National Urban Policies this month. Photo by Metro Centric / Flickr
An expanding body of research shows that cities are truly the nexus of the global agenda. But as cities have been recognized as key to a host of global aims, it has become increasingly complex to parse through priorities, processes ...
Toward Car-Free Cities: The Inalienable Right to Park in Bogotá
Cars Park Illegally in Colombia's Capital City, Bogota. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo / Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...
Toward Car-Free Cities: Why Congestion Charging Failed in New York
Traffic Plagues New York City's Times Square. Photo by Javi Sánchez de la viña/Flickr
“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...