Driverless Uber and nuTonomy: A Future to Cheer or Fear?
Uber's Self Driving Car Undergoes Testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Foo Conner / Flickr
The future is here, or it is very close: Uber announced “driverless” car services in downtown Pittsburgh; nuTonomy, a MIT spin-off technology company, just started commercial trials of autonomous taxis in Singapore.  These developments come way before car manufacturers and ...
An Olympic Legacy: Why Rio’s Residents Now Have a Different City at the End of the Games
Passengers board Rio de Janeiro BRT, Transoeste. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil / Flickr
The Olympics have given us the opportunity to meet the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape of Guanabara Bay, the famous beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa and the tropical forest are so beautiful, it feels natural that the Portuguese ...
Historic Reform to Transform the Urban Model in Mexico
Mexican cities, like Guadalajara, strive for urban reform. Photo by Alex Lomix / Flickr
Mexico is an eminently urban country. 78 percent of the Mexican population lives in an urban locality of more than 2,500 inhabitants, and 63 percent live in urban centers with more than 15,000 inhabitants. Urban development should be a priority ...
Three Lessons for Unlocking Efficient Cities for All
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Johnson Controls Headquarters, strives to enhance efficiency in city buildings. Photo by zekedawg00 / Flickr
Urban efficiency is all about linking the potential of buildings, energy and infrastructure to create smarter, more sustainable cities. But what does success look like, and how do cities get there? This past June, 34 city mayors, sustainability directors and ...
The Big Gap in Habitat III: Making the New Urban Agenda Actionable
City Buses in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by World Resources Institute / Flickr
On July 25, over 4,000 participants and negotiators from 142 countries came together for Habitat III’s Preparatory Committee Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the New Urban Agenda (NUA)—a vision for the cities of ...
Friday Fun: 4 Olympic Viewing Parties Transformed Public Spaces into Virtual Arenas
Friday Fun: 4 Olympic Viewing Parties Transformed Public Spaces into Virtual Arenas
The Summer Olympics are the largest sporting event, with 205 participating nations and billions of television viewers around the world. From the 1996 Games in Atlanta to the 2008 Games in Beijing, the Olympic TV audience grew from 3.2 to ...
Rio Olympics’ Legacy: Urban Mobility
The TransCarioca BRT offered improved transport during the Olympics and beyond. Photo credit: Mariana Gil/WRI
The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the first South American city to host the modern games, famously faced challenges in the run-up to the event – from construction delays to a polluted venue to worries about the Zika virus ...
Of Lords and Ladies: Exposing Mexico City’s Corruption, Unsafe Roads and more
Ecobici rider traverses the busy road in Mexico City. Photo by Alejandro / Flickr
A video went viral earlier this month in Mexico. Ari Santillan, urban activist and contributor to TheCityFix Mexico, was biking home after work on a dedicated bus-bike lane in Mexico City when a car, driving illegally in the lane, started ...
Managing Behavior and “Building Culture” for Greater Efficiency
Building owners and tenants struggle over building efficiency in modernizing cities, like Hong Kong. Photo by ¡kuba! / Flickr
In the past few years, large commercial building owners and managers have expressed growing interest in using behavioral strategies to improve their buildings’ performance. That interest often takes the form of “occupant engagement,” whereby tenants are encouraged to adjust their ...
From the Bahamas to the Seychelles, Island Nations Fight Climate Change with Better Buildings
A Busy Street in the Small Island Nation of Grenada. Photo by Kayla Sawyer/ Flickr
Facing environmental vulnerabilities like increasingly high temperatures, more frequent storm surges and a rising sea level, small island states have long been on the front lines of the fight against climate change. This existential threat has made some of the ...