Friday Fun: Three Cities that Are Transforming Public Space with Street Pianos
The "Play Me, I'm Yours" project has reached more than 40 cities world wide, and continues to install pianos in urban communities. (Photo: Keegan Jones / Flickr)
When walking in downtown Hangzhou, China, one can safely expect to see a healthy variety of pedestrians, traffic, and commercial high rises.  Dig a little deeper, however, and you may also find locals and tourists belting out Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata ...
Using Bikes to Improve Mobility in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas
Favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro, such as Rocinha, use bicycles as a primary means of transport; consequently, efforts to improve mobility in these areas should focus on cycling to foster sustainability and effect the largest impact. (Photo: Robert Cutts / 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 ...
That Dingy Bus Stop Is Hindering India’s Progress – An Economic Case for Safe Public Transport
Because women in India lack equal access to private vehicles, public transport safety is a women’s issue, affecting their social and economic potential.
Women account for 48.5 percent of the general population of India, but only constitute about 31 percent of the total work force in the country. You may think that this corresponds with what you know about the status of women in ...
Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings
Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a real-time building monitoring and scoring platform called LEED Dynamic Plaque, enabling building managers to benchmark, monitor, and improve their building’s performance on an ongoing basis. The program has been recognized as ...
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Foster Effective Public Participation
Civil society groups in Rio de Janeiro are transforming public participation in the city, showing the effectiveness of civic engagement and offering a model for others to follow.
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on ...
The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
Have you ever ridden Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? First implemented in Brazil, this relatively new mode of transport can be found in 194 cities around the world and is proving to be an effective and viable solution for urban mobility challenges. Unlike more traditional bus ...
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel ...
Friday Fun: Balancing Urbanization and Elephants in Southern Africa
As parts of southern Africa rapidly urbanize, groups are working to ensure that the area's large elephant population can continue to thrive. (Photo: Christiaan Triebert / Flickr)
When two elephants fight, grass gets trampled. No kidding. Though this widely-used African proverb alludes to the extensive damage caused when two great mammals clash, what it’s really communicating is that these great animals need space. However, this proverb is ...
How Two Brazilian Cities Upgraded Their Outdated Bus Fleets for Cleaner Air
As cities grow and the demand for urban transport increases, some Brazilian cities are revamping their old bus fleets to improve local air quality and decrease emissions.
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 ...
Mayor Mary Jane Ortega on Communicating and Educating in the Philippines
Mary Jane Ortega, the former mayor of San Fernando, speaks about her experience learning to communicate with citizens, empowering women, and fighting to keep her city sustainable. (Photo: barrera_marquez2003 / Flickr)
Mary Jane Ortega was formerly the mayor of San Fernando, a coastal city located about 270 km from Manila, in the Philippines.  During her mayorship, Ortega earned several awards for her achievements in city management and – despite leaving the ...