Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
A Mother and Her Child Wait to Board Ahmedabad's Bus Rapid Transit System, Janmarg. Photo by Meena Kadri / Flickr
India Can Save Up to $1.8 Trillion Per Year with Smart Urban Growth
India is at a crossroads, and how its cities develop in the coming several years will shape its future for generations. While only about one-third of Indians currently live in cities, that number will nearly double from 420 million to ...
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 ...
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