Bangalore’s Airport to Become a Leader in Solar Energy Production
Airports around the world, including Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport, are installing solar panels. Photo by Takashi M / Flickr
The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Sustainable and Livable Cities Initiative supports key leaders in China, India and Brazil in improving urban quality of life and environmental sustainability. WRI’s blog series on the Initiative will highlight some of the projects that ...
In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Breaking Car Addictions Starts in the Workplace
CAMG, Administrative City of Minas Gerais, started a few measures to reduce employees car dependency. Photo by Ana Paula Hirama / Flickr
The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Sustainable and Livable Cities Initiative supports key leaders in China, India and Brazil in improving urban quality of life and environmental sustainability. WRI’s blog series on the Initiative will highlight some of the ...
Nossa Cidade: The Challenges of Connecting Brazil’s Metropolitan Regions
Evening Commute in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil / Flickr
  Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Leaning on the expertise of specialists at WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities, the series features in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, resilience, road ...
Driverless Uber and nuTonomy: A Future to Cheer or Fear?
Uber's Self Driving Car Undergoes Testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Foo Conner / Flickr
The future is here, or it is very close: Uber announced “driverless” car services in downtown Pittsburgh; nuTonomy, a MIT spin-off technology company, just started commercial trials of autonomous taxis in Singapore.  These developments come way before car manufacturers and ...
An Olympic Legacy: Why Rio’s Residents Now Have a Different City at the End of the Games
Passengers board Rio de Janeiro BRT, Transoeste. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil / Flickr
The Olympics have given us the opportunity to meet the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape of Guanabara Bay, the famous beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa and the tropical forest are so beautiful, it feels natural that the Portuguese ...
Friday Fun: Scaling Sustainable Building Solutions—Collecting Actionable Building Data without Ever Stepping Foot Inside
Thermal image of the city of Boston. Image courtesy of Essess
What do a sun-harnessing mapping tool and a nighttime-venturing, camera-rigged SUV have in common? They both may hold an answer to scalable, cost-effective solutions to make our built environment more sustainable. As cities and citizens look to make buildings more ...
Improving Life for the Urban Under-Served Makes Cities Better for All – But That’s Not the Only Reason to Do It
Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat, at preparatory meeting for Habitat III in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo by Anjali Mahendra
The New Urban Agenda – a vision of inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities where everyone has access to resources and economic opportunity – will be center stage next month at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, known as Habitat III. ...
History in the Making: Habitat III Negotiators Release Final Draft of the New Urban Agenda
Quito, Ecuador will host Habitat III in October. Photo by Claudio Alvarado Solari / Flickr
Last week, the final draft of the New Urban Agenda (NUA)—the document at the center of Habitat III in Quito next month—was released. After an unexpected stalemate at the Preparatory Committee in Surabaya in July, Habitat III negotiators convened this ...
Friday Fun: 4 Olympic Viewing Parties Transformed Public Spaces into Virtual Arenas
Friday Fun: 4 Olympic Viewing Parties Transformed Public Spaces into Virtual Arenas
The Summer Olympics are the largest sporting event, with 205 participating nations and billions of television viewers around the world. From the 1996 Games in Atlanta to the 2008 Games in Beijing, the Olympic TV audience grew from 3.2 to ...
Rio Olympics’ Legacy: Urban Mobility
The TransCarioca BRT offered improved transport during the Olympics and beyond. Photo credit: Mariana Gil/WRI
The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the first South American city to host the modern games, famously faced challenges in the run-up to the event – from construction delays to a polluted venue to worries about the Zika virus ...