Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance
Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr.
The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. Developed by the Access Initiative and World Resources Institute, EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries ...
What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning
Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil's port has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.
The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic symbols of Rio Grande do Sul’s capital, Porto Alegre (“Porto” means port in Portuguese). Porto Alegre is a city full of life and history, and ...
Inside the Fight to Save One of Brazil’s Largest Urban Parks
With Cocó Ecological Park such a vital part of city life, Fortaleza's residents have been at the center of the debate over highway expansion and environmental preservation. Photo by Alexandre Ruoso/Flickr.
Deep in northeastern Brazil, far from Rio’s famous beaches and São Paulo’s bustling business district, a battle is underway to protect one of the country’s most unique urban habitats. The Cocó Ecological Park occupies nearly 3,000 acres of land in ...
How Istanbul Is Improving Public Health by Designing for Cycling
Istanbul is looking to expand its network of bike lanes and promote cycling to improve public health and well-being. Photo by EMBARQ Turkey/Flickr.
Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people to suffer from chronic diseases every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 31 percent of adults 15 years old and older were insufficiently active in 2008, leading ...
Designing Safer Cities for Children
With 32 percent fewer traffic accidents involving children, Seoul, South Korea is one example of how changing street design can improve road safety.
When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety.  According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among ...
Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant
The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/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 ...
Friday Fun: 2015’s Top Bike Stories So Far
Bike share programs offer people a way to commute to work efficiently and sustainably. Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious.
Today is our annual Bike to Work Day here in Washington, D.C. For many city residents, commuting is ingrained in their daily routine. By targeting how people regularly travel to and from work, there’s a lot of potential to transform ...
How Rethinking Urban Design Can Create Healthier Communities
Convenient, wide, and clearly marked, this crosswalk in São Paulo, Brazil encourages walking by design. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
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 ...
Friday Fun: Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative
"Wishful Thinking" shows that, although traffic collisions are often blamed on individual behavior, urban design can be a powerful tool for improving road safety. Graphic by Nikhil Chaudhary.
India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take ...
Making Cities Safer by Design: a Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta
Ani Dasgupta (left), Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jan Gehl (right), Founding Partner of Gehl Architects.
This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week, and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide. TheCityFix had the chance to sit down with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director ...