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Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
Quito, Ecuador, site of Habitat III. Photo by Cristian Ibarra Santillan / Flickr
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 ...
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Friday Fun: How Art and Culture Contribute to Your Unique Metro Experience
CTA Holiday Train in Chicago spreads holiday cheer each year. Photo by cta web / Flickr
Have you ever been intrigued by the artistic design of a metro station? Have you stopped to watch a street dancer perform on a metro platform? A metro station can be more than a place where you impatiently wait for ...
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Q&A with Stephanie Meeks: Why the Key to Successful, Future Cities Lies in the Past
Meeks uses cities, like Philadelphia, as case studies to illustrate her call for building preservation
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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Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
Autonomous Vehicles Can Make Citites Safer and More Efficient If Done Right. Photo by Ken Conley / Flickr
The coming of autonomous vehicle technology shows great promise for eliminating traffic deaths and serious road injuries. They could also make life a lot easier, but only if they are done right. Reducing traffic fatalities will depend on how cities ...
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Live from Habitat III: National Policy, Local Empowerment and Climate Change
Urban World Leaders Gather for Habitat III Plenary Session. Photo by Agencia de Noticias ANDES / Flickr
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, officially began on Monday, October 17th in ...
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A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas
School Children Safely Cross the Street in New York City. Photo by New York City Department of Transportation / Flickr
Habitat III in Quito was the largest UN meeting to date, with more than 36,000 people from 167 countries, thousands of organizations and institutions, hundreds of meetings and side events and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Habitat ...
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Calling Young Innovators: Apply for the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency is awarded annually to up to two extraordinary candidates to honor the legacy of Dr. Leon J. Schipper, pictured above, co-founder of EMBARQ. Photo by EMBARQ.
Looking for an opportunity to catalyze sustainable, people-centered urban mobility? The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship wants to help you transform ideas into reality. The Schipper family and EMBARQ, the sustainable urban mobility initiative of World Resources Institute’s WRI Ross Center ...
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Social Housing is Central in Implementing the New Urban Agenda in Brazil
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.
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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Live from Habitat III: Data-driven Policy and Human Rights Essential for Adoption of New Urban Agenda
Joan Clos and President Rafael Correa Celebrate the Unanimous Adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III Closing Ceremony. Photo by Agencia de Noticias ANDES / Flickr.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is reporting on Habitat III from Quito, Ecuador. Follow our daily coverage on TheCityFix. Thursday marked the fourth and final day of Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban ...
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Live from Habitat III: Talking All Things Mobility at Transport Day
Natalie Draisin, US Manager, FIA Foundation, speaks at Transport Day at Habitat III. Photo by Alex Rogala/WRI.
TheCityFix is live on the ground from Habitat III. Click here for our full coverage.  “We need to stop building cities for vehicles, and build cities for people,” remarked Quito’s Deputy Mayor, Eduardo del Pozo, setting the opening tone for ...