Calling Young Innovators: Apply for the 2016 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
EMBARQ Co-Founder Lee Schipper. 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 ...
Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability
Many Chinese cities feature dense and walkable communities that can serve as models for other cities to learn from. Photo by Iain MacLean/Flickr
As cities around the globe buckle under intense car congestion, some have begun encouraging residents to walk and bike instead of relying on personal vehicles. Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) provide residents with a variety of dining choices, commute options and ...
“Threading the Needle” of Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice for Cities
Sustainable urban development must be accompanied with a focus on social justice to protect the welfare of cities' most vulnerable citizens. Photo by Sthitaprajna Jena/Flickr
This blog is part of our World Resources Report (WRR) series. The WRR looks at cities as drivers of economic and social opportunity, and simultaneously as areas with concentrations of poverty, environmental degradation, and inequality. Responding to these opportunities and ...
How Grassroots Organizing Is Building a Bike Culture in Almaty
Almaty recently held its first open streets festival, allowing cyclists, dancers and athletes to take to the streets free of cars. (Photo: UNDP-GEF CAST)
In Central Asia, cities have traditionally had parks and tree-lined streets to provide shade and attract pedestrians. Recently, however, pedestrian space has been sacrificed for more roads to accommodate the increase in private vehicles. Further, with cities prioritizing cars more ...
Friday Fun: Which Transport Mode Would You Choose? The Sounds of Commuting into Washington, DC
The sounds of a commute majorly impact the user experience. To stay competitive, public transport options should also focus on comfort. (Photo: Barbara Krawcowicz/Flickr)
In December of 2007, I visited Tokyo, one of the largest and densest cities in the world. While I stood at an intersection near the busy Shibuya Station (which serves 2.4 million passengers per day), it struck me that the ...
Finding Creative Ways to Finance Transit-Oriented Development in Brazilian Cities
Finding Creative Ways to Finance Transit-Oriented Development in Brazilian Cities
The Seminar on Latin American Experiences of Financing TOD (September 28) brought together experts in Sao Paulo to discuss ways to implement TOD projects in Brazil’s cities. This blog draws on their analysis to explore TOD in Brazil and ways ...
Buildings and National Climate Commitments: What You Need to Know Before the Global Climate Change Conference (COP21)
In the lead up the COP21, some countries, such as Jordan, are including building efficiency upgrades in their plans to decrease emissions. Photo by Justin A. Wilcox/Flickr
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. In anticipation ...
Why Design and Mobility Are Key for Creating Safer Cities for All
Cities should be designed with the safety of children and pedestrians in mind instead of private vehicles. Photo by Leonardo Veras/Flickr
On November 18 - 19, 2015 Brazil will host the UN’s 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, convening national governments, cities, and civil society organizations. The conference is a unique moment to bring impetus to the Decade ...
Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action
Cities, such as Dubai, have improved energy efficiency by setting both public and private sector goals. (Photo: lam_chihang/Flickr)
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score — Bill Copeland. Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional ...
6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Program Good for People and the Environment
Minha Casa, Minha Vida not only provides affordable housing for Brazil's low-income families, but integrates sustainability in its design. (Photo: GOVBA/Flickr)
Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House, My Life” in English) program was created to provide housing and improve quality of life for low-income families across the country. Currently, more than 9.6 million low- and low-middle income families reside in ...