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 ...
4 Priorities for a Conversation around Habitat III
A man rides a bike in Bogota, Colombia. Sustaining a dialogue with the local community about local needs should be a priority for Habitat III's New Urban Agenda. Photo by Juan Felipe Rubio/Flickr.
Habitat III in Quito Ecuador this October will be an opportunity to galvanize local leaders to forge strategies for sustainable, equitable and resilient urban growth. But the stakes are high, and the conversation among policymakers and local leaders is still ...
Friday Fun: New Bike Infrastructure Projects from Hong Kong, Germany and Kuala Lumpur
Germany's new bike highway. Photo by Julian Schüngel/Flickr.
The benefits of cycling—both for cities and people—are well known. For individuals, cycling can be an efficient, safe and cheap form of mobility as well as a good source of physical activity, helping to reduce obesity and other health risks. ...
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 ...
Public Space in Cities – What’s the Measuring Stick?
Mexico City’s Chapultapec Park provides residents a place to relax, play and interact with nature. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr.
The famed American landscape architect and Central Park designer Fredrick Law Olmsted said that parks are the “lungs of the city.” However, many cities around the world—from growing Addis Ababa to sprawling Mumbai and dense Sao Paulo—currently lack adequate public ...
How Can Africa Deliver on Its Ambitious Vision for Habitat III?
The Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting took place February 24-26, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. Africa's population is projected to double from 1 billion in 2010 to 2 billion in 2040. Photo by pjotter05/Flickr.
From February 24 – 26, 2016 African ministers and stakeholder representatives from numerous civil society organizations gathered in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss African priorities for Habitat III, the U. N.’s 20-year urbanization conference that takes place in October. At the end ...
In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
The city of Shenzhen in China has developed an action plan as part of it's 5 Year Plan to strategically improve efficiency in buildings. Photo by Byoung Wook/Flickr.
On February 23 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings laboratory (EEB Lab) in Shanghai. In a city where 18.4 percent of emissions come from buildings, the EEB Lab is engaging local stakeholders ...