A short history of the city
A short history of the city
You probably know that urban planning has been around for a long time, but did you know that many of our urban planning principles date back to Ancient Greece? Nearly every major city across the world can attribute their design, ...
The number crunch: Predicting motorization in China
Some estimates place the number of motorized vehicles in China at 1 billion by 2050 - a number impossible to sustain. Photo by IceNineJon.
China’s dramatic increase in motorized vehicle use has greatly exceeded past predictions. Now, latest estimates suggest that, by 2050, as many as one billion vehicles (excluding electric bikes and rural vehicles) will be on the road in China. This is ...
“Don’t Drive Here”: Television takes on road safety in Peru
Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Lima, Peru. Photo by Pool Ramirez.
In a new Discovery Channel show, host Andrew Younghusband drives viewers through some of the world’s most dangerous streets. In a recent episode, Younghusband focuses on the traffic dangers in Lima, Peru, the city with the highest number of traffic ...
Lessons from Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya
Lessons from Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya
Last year, I spoke at the 2nd Congress and Exhibition of African Public Transport in Johannesburg. For me, this was a perfect, much-awaited opportunity to experience Rea Vaya. Rea Vaya (which means We are Going) is Johannesburg’s advanced bus system launched in 2009. ...
Measures for successful Transit Oriented Development in India
Measures for successful Transit Oriented Development in India
Roads can be developed to favor both cars and non-motorized forms of transport. Photo courtesy of SGA Architects. The concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) as a planning tool is new to Indian cities, where quality mass rapid transit systems are ...
Making way for urban reform in Mexico
Improved institutions, including a national department focused on Urban Reform, have set the stage for necessary changes to Mexico's cities. Photo by World Bank Photo Collection.
78% of Mexico’s population is urban, and 88% of the country’s gross production can be attributed to 93 cities. However, until recently, Mexico lacked a national urban policy, and the consequences have been disastrous. Finally, changes have begun to take ...
Friday Fun: One month as a city of the future
The EcoMobility World Festival has turned one neighborhood in Suwong, South Korea, into car-free city for one month. Photo by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
For the month of September, Suwon, South Korea has transformed into a city of the future. 18 miles south of Seoul, Suwon is the capital city of the province of Gyeonggi-do, and is home to over one million inhabitants. Suwon ...
5 things to love about the Seoul metro
5 things to love about the Seoul metro
Seoul, South Korea is a city known for its K-pop songs that have become famous the world over, Samsung smartphones, food so spicy it will bring tears to your eyes, and the fastest internet on earth. The city emerged from ...
Friday Fun: All aboard the love train
Friday Fun: All aboard the love train
Here’s one way to lure people out of their cars and onto public transport: ROPID, the organization responsible for Prague’s public transport system, announced in May the creation of a “love train.” More accurately, it plans to designate specific cars ...
Get moving: Creating a research strategy for active cities
Get moving: Creating a research strategy for active cities
  Many cities around the globe are home to dangerous roads, social stigmas that bicycling is “for the poor,” and urban designs that neglect walking and bicycling. Photo by Slightly-less-random. Cities around the globe are seeing a creeping problem of ...