Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities
Woman waiting for her train at Mumbai Suburban Railway Western Line Church Gate Terminal, Mumbai, India. Photo by  Benoit Colin / EMBARQ / Flickr
Does urban living threaten our sanity and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories which suggest that living in a city increases loneliness and unhappiness, and some scientific studies indicate that urbanization increases mental illness and depression. Are these claims credible? How can communities ...
After the U.S. Election, Cities Look for Ways to be Great on their Own
Residents of New York Gathered in Rockefeller Plaza on Election Night to Watch the Live Results. Photo by Marco Verch / Flickr
What comes next for U.S. cities, now that the 2016 Presidential Election has come to a close? As polls closed on Tuesday, this question quickly came to the forefront for urban planners and city-dwellers, alike. In recent history, cities have been ...
Improving Building Efficiency: A Tale of 4 Cities
Da Nang, Vietnam partners with the Building Efficiency Accelerator to become a champion for building energy efficiency. Photo by Kenton / Flickr
One-third of the world’s energy-related emissions come from buildings. So perhaps it’s no surprise that more than 80 national climate plans submitted ahead of COP21 in Paris included commitments to improve building efficiency. A year later, the discussion continues with Human Settlements Day today at COP22 in ...
Three Ways to Tackle the Knowledge Gap in Building Energy Code Enforcement
Construction Workers in Tianjin, China. Photo: Yang Aijun / World Bank / Flickr
Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time. ...
Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
Quito, Ecuador, site of Habitat III. Photo by Cristian Ibarra Santillan / Flickr
Two weeks ago, 30,000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the once-every-20-years UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development. At the conference, 167 country representatives adopted a non-binding but influential vision for cities of the future known as the ...
Do Global Initiatives put the Transport Sector on Track to Fight Climate Change?
São Paulo, Brazil Offers a Variety of Mobility Options. Photo by Mariana Gil / EMBARQ Brasil / Flickr
Today is Transport Day at COP22, which will highlight the important contribution transport can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last two years, the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), as part of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ...
Friday Fun: Beyond the Map—Google Explores Rio’s Slums
Friday Fun: Beyond the Map—Google Explores Rio’s Slums
What do you think of when you hear the word “slum”? For many, the word brings to mind poverty, violence and squalor; slums, or informal settlements, are overwhelmingly associated with the negative. This is particularly true in Rio de Janeiro, ...
Culture or Conditions? A Look at Sexual Assault on Public Transport
A Busy TransMilenio Commute has Some Wondering about Sexual Assault. Photo by Eli Duke / Flickr
Bogotá, Colombia was recently named the least safe transit system for women, largely due to an epidemic of sexual assault (defined here as any type of unwanted sexual touching). According to a survey, conducted in Colombia and Bolivia as part ...
Development Finance Institutions Have a Role to Play in Creating Sustainable Cities
Bus rapid transit in Florianópolis, Brazil. Photo by Dylan Passmore / Flickr
By 2050, nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in cities, increasing the size of the world’s urban population by more than two-thirds. Cities will need to focus on building the right things to ensure this growth happens sustainably—so how ...
A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas
School Children Safely Cross the Street in New York City. Photo by New York City Department of Transportation / Flickr
Habitat III in Quito was the largest UN meeting to date, with more than 36,000 people from 167 countries, thousands of organizations and institutions, hundreds of meetings and side events and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Habitat ...