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University of Pennsylvania Professor Eugenie Birch provides a historical perspective on slums, urbanization and density. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr
Eugenie Birch Explains Why Today’s Slums Are Different, and How to Do Density Right
Dr. Eugenie Birch, eminent urban planner and author, is the Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. A long member of city planning organizations and academia, ...
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The Global Calculator helps users visualize the various impacts of climate action. Some countries, like Taiwan, have developed their own calculators to help guide decision making. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen
The Global Calculator: Choosing Your 2 Degree Pathway at COP21
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates ...
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Diana Mitlin of the iied discusses the importance of communicating with informal settlements, and identifies steps that civil society can take to assist those living in slums. Photo by ninara/Flickr
From Grassroots Organizing to Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Diana Mitlin
Diana Mitlin is a Principal Researcher with the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (iied) Human Settlements program, conducting research on urban poverty and community development. Mitlin is also an academic, teaching on Global Urbanism at the University of Manchester. ...
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Clara Brandi of the German Development Institute explains Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr
Clara Brandi: The Role of Cities in Global Deals and International Affairs
Clara Brandi is a Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE), specializing in economics and political science. With experience working with the World Health Organization and DIE, Brandi has conducted research and published on international trade deals, global governance ...
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From October 20 - 22, the TOD Institute held its first National TOD Conference in Washington, DC, where real estate experts and local leaders gathered to discuss transit-oriented development. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/ Flickr)
From BIDs to Bikes: 4 Takeaways from the TOD and Urban Real Estate Conference
City design is at the root of many of our global problems. With traffic crashes the leading cause of death among young people and congestion burdening the economies of countless cities worldwide, it’s imperative that we develop our streets, neighborhoods, ...
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Today marked the first day of the Cities & Transport International Congress in Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 city leaders and experts have assembled to speak sustainability, mobility and urban planning. (Photo: EMBARQ Brasil)
Day 1 of Cities & Transport International Congress Talks Climate Action, Inclusive Development
Home to billions of people, cities are often the source of our most urgent problems–but they’re also where we find some of the most promising solutions for the urban century ahead. Today, over a thousand people and 130 speakers gathered ...
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