Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant
The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/Flickr.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
How Rethinking Urban Design Can Create Healthier Communities
Convenient, wide, and clearly marked, this crosswalk in São Paulo, Brazil encourages walking by design. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Friday Fun: Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative
"Wishful Thinking" shows that, although traffic collisions are often blamed on individual behavior, urban design can be a powerful tool for improving road safety. Graphic by Nikhil Chaudhary.
India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take ...
Making Cities Safer by Design: a Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta
Ani Dasgupta (left), Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jan Gehl (right), Founding Partner of Gehl Architects.
This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week, and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide. TheCityFix had the chance to sit down with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director ...
How a Chinese Megacity is Innovating Finance for Transit-Oriented Development
To ensure sustainable urban development, Shenzhen, China has been experimenting with several innovative strategies for financing transit infrastructure. Photo by Chris/Flickr.
China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. To accommodate these changes, it’s estimated that China needs to expand urban rail by at least 3,000 kilometers by 2020—approximately a $4 trillion investment. In Chinese cities, funding ...
Friday Fun: 2015’s Top Bike Stories So Far
Bike share programs offer people a way to commute to work efficiently and sustainably. Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious.
Today is our annual Bike to Work Day here in Washington, D.C. For many city residents, commuting is ingrained in their daily routine. By targeting how people regularly travel to and from work, there’s a lot of potential to transform ...
How Istanbul Is Improving Public Health by Designing for Cycling
Istanbul is looking to expand its network of bike lanes and promote cycling to improve public health and well-being. Photo by EMBARQ Turkey/Flickr.
Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people to suffer from chronic diseases every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 31 percent of adults 15 years old and older were insufficiently active in 2008, leading ...
Designing Safer Cities for Children
With 32 percent fewer traffic accidents involving children, Seoul, South Korea is one example of how changing street design can improve road safety.
When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety.  According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among ...
Who Owns Our Sidewalks?
While sidewalks are an essential part of public space in cities everywhere, how local governments finance, develop, and maintain sidewalks depends on the local context. Photo by Asher Isbrücker/Flickr.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India’s Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela
A spiritual gathering of millions of people in India, the Kumbh Mela can be considered a temporary urban environment and offers many fascinating insights for urbanists. Photo by AlGraChe/Flickr.
In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. Temporary bamboo and fabric structures appeared on a floodplain that had been underwater just weeks before. Metal plates were laid down for ...