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 ...
How a Chinese Megacity is Innovating Finance for Transit-Oriented Development
To ensure sustainable urban development, Shenzhen, China has been experimenting with several innovative strategies for financing transit infrastructure. Photo by Chris/Flickr.
China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. To accommodate these changes, it’s estimated that China needs to expand urban rail by at least 3,000 kilometers by 2020—approximately a $4 trillion investment. In Chinese cities, funding ...
Cities by People: Talking Tactical Urbanism with Mike Lydon
PeopleSt in Los Angeles is one example of residents using tactical urbanism to reclaim public space and make their streets more human-centered. Photo by LA DOT/Flickr.
For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years, there’s still a lack of public consensus about the movement’s exact meaning, impact, and potential for change. Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, Principals of Street Plans ...
Mexico City’s Car Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses
By encouraging car sharing and other TDM strategies, businesses in Mexico City can be part of the solution Mexico City’s persistent problems with traffic congestion. Photo by Ted McGrath/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. ...
Crowdsourcing Local Knowledge to Make Buildings More Efficient
Because buildings in cities like Mumbai, India produce more than 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, improving building efficiency is critical to making cities more sustainable. Photo by Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank.
Investing in resource efficiency helps cities and their residents by cutting energy and water costs, creating jobs and creating cleaner, healthier air. And making cities more resource efficient is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Improving ...
Who Owns Our Sidewalks?
While sidewalks are an essential part of public space in cities everywhere, how local governments finance, develop, and maintain sidewalks depends on the local context. Photo by Asher Isbrücker/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: Lessons and Innovations from India’s Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela
A spiritual gathering of millions of people in India, the Kumbh Mela can be considered a temporary urban environment and offers many fascinating insights for urbanists. Photo by AlGraChe/Flickr.
In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. Temporary bamboo and fabric structures appeared on a floodplain that had been underwater just weeks before. Metal plates were laid down for ...
A Conversation About India’s Smart Cities: CONNECTKaro 2015 in Tweets
At this year's CONNECTKaro conference, participants discussed a range of topics pertinent to sustainable urban development in India--including smart cities, buses, women's safety, and safe access to mass transit. Photo by Johann/Flickr.
From April 15 – 16, 2015 over 300 experts—including government officials, policy makers, urban planners, and transport practitioners—participated in a global conversation about Smart Cities at CONNECTKaro 2015. The conference was hosted by EMBARQ India in New Delhi, and key ...
Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City
Thanks to innovations in mobile app technology, residents in cities all over the world can share goods, services, and experiences with one another. Photo by Louisa Billeter/Flickr.
Cities aren’t just a collection of buildings, they’re home to billions of people. They are where we expect to interact with one another and work collaboratively to make our communities better places to live. Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling ...
Earth Day 2015 Makes Us All Leaders
Quality public spaces are attractive to people. Photo by Alejandro Castro/Flickr.
April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event first held in 1970 that helped mobilize the modern environmental movement in the United States. This year’s Earth Day will include events that focus on the intersection of ...