Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
Woman waiting for her train at Mumbai Suburban Railway Western Line Church Gate Terminal, Mumbai, India. Photo by  Benoit Colin / EMBARQ / Flickr
Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities
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 ...
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, ...
Bus rapid transit in Florianópolis, Brazil. Photo by Dylan Passmore / Flickr
Development Finance Institutions Have a Role to Play in Creating Sustainable Cities
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 ...
Quito, Ecuador, site of Habitat III. Photo by Cristian Ibarra Santillan / Flickr
Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
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 ...
Meeks uses cities, like Philadelphia, as case studies to illustrate her call for building preservation
Q&A with Stephanie Meeks: Why the Key to Successful, Future Cities Lies in the Past
By 2030, the United States will demolish 82 billion square feet of existing building space to create new and modern structures. While some new buildings may be equipped with energy saving technologies and materials, the construction process itself consumes a lot ...
Claudio Acioly, Head Capacity Building at UN-Habitat; Guenther Wehenpohl, GIZ; Andre Marinho, National Superintendent of Property at CAIXA; Vanderley John, Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction; Henriette Arantes, National Secretary of Housing; Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities; and Simon Jatene, Governor of Pará. Photo by: Bruno Felin / WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities.
Social Housing is Central in Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Brazil
What will make 2.5 billion people worldwide choose to live in cities over the next two decades? Urban conglomerates have become attractive simply because they can offer access to core urban services and the chance to thrive. One of the ...
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