Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
Demystifying Transport Demand Management (TDM)
Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...
Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable
Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable
How livable a community is depends on many factors like affordability, health, safety, connectivity, infrastructure and services. As cities around the world grow, urbanization can often threaten a city’s livability by causing land prices and housing costs to rise. Moreover, ...
Streets of Bhubaneswar, India
India's Smart Cities Mission Takes A Forward Step
In the last 15 years of my professional career, many concepts around urban development have come and gone, but none have evoked such an excitement as the Narendra Modi government’s proposed 100 Smart Cities initiative, that has a price tag ...
Friday Fun: Singapore’s New “High Line” Transforms Abandoned Railway into Green Space
Friday Fun: Singapore’s New “High Line” Transforms Abandoned Railway into Green Space
Residents of Singapore will soon be able to easily walk and bike across the entire country—thanks to its new “high line” project. Taking inspiration from New York City’s High Line, Singapore has announced plans  to transform the former Keretapi Tanah ...
Kirtee Shah: How Urbanization Is Affecting India’s Affordable Housing and Development
Kirtee Shah: How Urbanization Is Affecting India’s Affordable Housing and Development
A renowned architect and Indian activist, Kirtee Shah has an extensive history working internationally to improve the conditions of slums and the poor. Over the years, Shah has served as the president of Habitat Forum in India, been a member ...
Eugenie Birch Explains Why Today’s Slums Are Different, and How to Do Density Right
Eugenie Birch Explains Why Today’s Slums Are Different, and How to Do Density Right
Dr. Eugenie Birch, eminent urban planner and author, is the Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. A long member of city planning organizations and academia, ...
Proper Use of Congestion Fee Can Cut China's Traffic Jams
Proper Use of Congestion Fee Can Cut China's Traffic Jams
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport is considering a trial of congestion charges on vehicles from 2016 to mitigate traffic congestion in the city. The government’s priority, as proposed in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) and the Traffic Congestion Mitigation ...
From Grassroots Organizing to Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Diana Mitlin
From Grassroots Organizing to Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Diana Mitlin
Diana Mitlin is a Principal Researcher with the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (iied) Human Settlements program, conducting research on urban poverty and community development. Mitlin is also an academic, teaching on Global Urbanism at the University of Manchester. ...
An Economic Case for Compact, Connected and Coordinated Cities
An Economic Case for Compact, Connected and Coordinated Cities
On Tuesday December 2nd, World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted a session at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 at COP21. Entitled “Better Cities in a New Climate Economy,” the session shared the results of the New Climate Economy (NCE) cities ...
Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability
Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability
As cities around the globe buckle under intense car congestion, some have begun encouraging residents to walk and bike instead of relying on personal vehicles. Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) provide residents with a variety of dining choices, commute options and ...
“Threading the Needle” of Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice for Cities
“Threading the Needle” of Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice for Cities
This blog is part of our World Resources Report (WRR) series. The WRR looks at cities as drivers of economic and social opportunity, and simultaneously as areas with concentrations of poverty, environmental degradation, and inequality. Responding to these opportunities and ...
6 Features That Make Brazil's Affordable Housing Program Good for People and the Environment
6 Features That Make Brazil's Affordable Housing Program Good for People and the Environment
Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House, My Life” in English) program was created to provide housing and improve quality of life for low-income families across the country. Currently, more than 9.6 million low- and low-middle income families reside in ...
From BIDs to Bikes: 4 Takeaways from the TOD and Urban Real Estate Conference
From BIDs to Bikes: 4 Takeaways from the TOD and Urban Real Estate Conference
City design is at the root of many of our global problems. With traffic crashes the leading cause of death among young people and congestion burdening the economies of countless cities worldwide, it’s imperative that we develop our streets, neighborhoods, ...
Friday Fun: How 2 Urban Communities Are Protecting Their Trees
Friday Fun: How 2 Urban Communities Are Protecting Their Trees
As they rapidly develop, many cities around the globe continue to clear urban forests for grey infrastructure. Indeed, roads, buildings and other parts of the built-environment are absorbing volumes of urban greenery, as trees and grass often lack priority within ...
How Mexico is Gearing Up for Habitat III
How Mexico is Gearing Up for Habitat III
It’s been over 19 years since the UN’s last Habitat conference—and with only one year left until Habitat III, countries across the globe are preparing for the UN’s next global conference on human settlements. Habitat III will be in Quito, ...
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