Urbanizing India: A Closer Look
This year's CONNECTKaro conference focused on how Indian cities like Bangalore (pictured) can use technology for smarter development given the country's rapid urbanization. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI.
From April 15 to 16, 2015 in New Delhi, city and transport leaders from around the world came together for the third annual edition of WRI India’s CONNECTKaro conference. This year’s theme of Smart Cities for Sustainable Development and focused on ...
Upcoming Habitat III Conference Offers Opportunity for Leaders to Set a New Urban Agenda
UN-Habitat Executive Director  Dr. Joan Clos addresses a joint press conference during PrepCom2--a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya for international leaders to prepare for next year's Habitat III. Photo by UN-Habitat/Flickr.
In 1950, fewer than 800 million people lived in urban areas. Today that number is almost 5 billion, and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045, according to the UN World Urbanization Prospects. Urban growth—and its related challenges of ...
Friday Fun: The daily life of informal settlements in a series of striking new videos
Although living in a region full of rivers, residents of Korail—an informal settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh—often struggle to access clean water and other basic urban services. Photo by William Veerbeek/Flickr.
As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level—what they see, feel, and do in daily city life. Commissioned by Design ...
Why we need solutions at scale to solve today’s urban challenges
The ICLEI World Congress takes place in Seoul, South Korea this year, and serves to connect city leaders, enable collaborative partnerships, and facilitate knowledge-sharing for more sustainable development around the world. Photo by Seoul Korea/Flickr.
Editor’s note April 14, 2015: This article was updated to include a reference to the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence.  The world has never been more urban than it is now, and this trend isn’t expected to slow down ...
Fortaleza, Brazil shows why waste matters for sustainable urban development
Catadores—Fortaleza, Brazil's waste pickers—are helping the city reuse its waste and avoid landfill expansion, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Louis Vasconcelos/Flickr.
In 2002, Brazil produced 60,000 metric tons of waste per day, 76 percent of which was disposed of in landfills with no long-term management or water treatment. In response to growing challenges with waste production and trash dumping, the country ...
How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions
Seoul, South Korea is one of several cities experimenting with new waste management policies that will encourage people not to buy food they don’t need. Photo by Seoul Korea/Flickr.
It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, ...
Greening bus fleets requires a range of strategies
By using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GPC) to determine the sources of the city’s emissions, Rio de Janeiro was able to set realistic targets to reducing transport emissions. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil/Flickr.
In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient. Adopting cleaner fuels—like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel—and upgrading to technologies that produce ...
Four lessons from Beijing and Shanghai show how China’s cities can curb car congestion
Although Beijing, China has struggled in previous years to adopt strong transport demand management (TDM) strategies, the city is now looking to expand its TDM policies to combat growing car ownership. Photo by Alan Sheffield/Flickr.
A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. ...
China’s clean air challenge: Public unrest forges the path ahead
Transitioning from emissions-intensive vehicles to bicycling and other forms of sustainable transport is a priority of China’s new Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Air Pollution. Photo by Maciej Hrynczyszyn/Flickr.
This is the second installment of the China’s Clean Air Challenge series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series examines the increasing social, environmental, and economic impacts of serious air quality issues in Chinese cities, and investigates the source of emissions and ...
Why planning for expansion helps build sustainable, equitable cities
São Paulo has historically struggled to expand fast enough to match rapid population growth, resulting in many informal favelas housing residents in the city's periphery. Photo by Gabriel Cabral/Flickr.
Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities. Overall, compact cities use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life for their inhabitants than their sprawled counterparts. In rapidly urbanizing countries in the global ...