Friday Fun: How Innovators Are Using Mobile Apps for Informal Bike Share and Repair
In addition to extensive bike infrastructure, Copenhagen is a hotbed for innovative mobile apps connecting cyclists. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Cities can do a lot to promote cycling, but the private sector and civil society can play a significant role in helping build a safe and convenient cycling culture. For example, innovative startups in Singapore and Copenhagen are developing mobile ...
Creating a Common Narrative for Financing a Sustainable Urban Future
Bogotá's Transmilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system shows how capital providers and city planners were able to finance and implement a low-carbon project at an unprecedented scale. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr
Good ideas that get cities results are worth replicating. Sounds simple enough. But when it comes to scaling up and investing in sustainable urban solutions, it’s complicated. With more than 400 cities making commitments to climate action through the Compact ...
On International Day of Forests, a Look at How Trees Help Make Cities Healthier
The cherry blossoms blooming in Washington, DC. The city urban tree canopy is about 35 percent. Photo by Karen Blaha/Flickr.
While the words “forests” and “cities” don’t traditionally go hand in hand, urban forestry has started to bridge that gap. While some cities have minimal tree cover due to inadequate soil or a lack of space, others are nearly half ...
DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters
The Washington, DC Metro. Photo by RJ Schmidt/Flickr.
Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000 passengers daily, closed down for 29 hours for emergency power ...
Improving Street Lighting Can Be an Easy Win for Cities. Here’s Why National Governments Are Critical
Better street lighting can help reduce emissions, save money and improve safety, but national support for cities is critical for overcoming the technical and financial barriers. Photo by pang yu liu/Flickr.
Lighting represents about 15 percent of global power consumption and 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Street lighting alone represents about 3 percent of world electricity consumption. Extensive programs that replace obsolete street lighting systems—incandescent, mercury vapor, and ...
Three Paths, Three Continents: How Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev Are Lowering Energy Consumption in Their Buildings
By prioritizing energy efficiency in its own public buildings, the city of Buenos Aires is setting an example for building performance across Argentina. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr.
Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev’s experiences pursuing energy efficiency demonstrate that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to achieving better buildings. Each found a unique path to improve energy efficiency for a more sustainable and prosperous city. Shenzhen Goes Above and ...
World Water Day: How “Sludge” Can Power China’s Cities While Cutting Emissions
Sustainable sources of energy, like sludge-to-power, can help reduce air pollution in Beijing, China. Photo by Peter Dowley/Flickr.
Last December, Beijing’s city government issued a “red alert” for smog levels—the highest possible designation. Schools and construction sites closed, traffic was restricted, and air pollution reached 10 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit. Meanwhile, residents in neighboring cities ...
Friday Fun: Crowdsourcing Apps Help Planners “Tame” Chaotic Bus Systems
A bus in La Paz's informal sector. Photo by Jumaï Hadrien/Flickr.
Cities across the world are harnessing the power of technology to connect directly with citizens about pressing issues, from infrastructure planning to questions about how to spend their budgets. Now, transportation planners are getting in on the game in order ...
Three Stories of How the Internet of Everything Is Changing Transport
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is partnering with the private sector to use the Internet of Everything to improve the rider experience. Photo by Prayitno/Flickr.
With the arrival of new and powerful technologies, and the declining costs of these technologies, some new possibilities are emerging for cities and their transport systems. For example, the Internet of Everything (IoE) can benefit cities by connecting people, processes, ...
Friday Fun: Three Museums That Engage Visitors to Think about the Future of Cities
Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Tomorrow explores human history, the future of cities and the changes in consumption that are needed to ensure a sustainable path forward. Photo by Brian Godfrey/Flickr.
It’s not often that you encounter museums dedicated to urban planning and development. But they do exist, and they are presenting panoramas of urban areas, both historically and spatially. While many museums have traditionally focused on presenting valuable objects and ...