Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
Like many Indian cities, Pune’s population exploded over the last three decades. Between 1981 and 2011 it more than doubled as thousands came to work in manufacturing and IT. And like other cities, Pune expanded, eventually engulfing 23 previously separate ...
With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive
With Transportation Data, These Cities Became More Sustainable and Socially Inclusive
Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. Many cities, however, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation ...
Design as Democracy: Barcelona’s ‘Carritos’ Encourage a More Inclusive Urbanism
Design as Democracy: Barcelona’s ‘Carritos’ Encourage a More Inclusive Urbanism
Community participation has become a checklist item for any major urban development project. But what does community participation actually mean? What would it look like if we flipped the responsibility of engagement from citizens to designers? What if, instead of ...
6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People
6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People
With 5,000 years of history and culture, the city of İzmir along the Ionian Coast is one of Turkey’s most remarkable urban areas. It’s a unique nexus between the past and present, with a variety of archaeological conservation sites but also Turkey’s ...
For Thriving Cities, People vs. Nature Is a False Choice
For Thriving Cities, People vs. Nature Is a False Choice
Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to invest limited funding? In the face of pressing human needs, cities too often decide that funding for environmental ...
There’s an Easy Way for National Governments to Help Cities Act on Climate Change – Give Them Data
There’s an Easy Way for National Governments to Help Cities Act on Climate Change – Give Them Data
Thousands of cities have committed to act on climate change, but few have yet turned their goals into tangible results. One of the important items that can help them begin is data from national governments. Establishing an “emissions inventory,” measuring how much greenhouse ...
What if Citizens Set City Budgets? An Experiment That Captivated the World – Participatory Budgeting – Might Be Abandoned in its Birthplace
What if Citizens Set City Budgets? An Experiment That Captivated the World – Participatory Budgeting – Might Be Abandoned in its Birthplace
Neighbors in Porto Alegre, Brazil, have been getting together regularly since 1989 to discuss the future of their city. Everyone is encouraged to speak at district meetings in churches, gyms and clubs, discussing everything from water supply and sewage to ...
Informal Workers Make Cities Work for All: 3 Stories from Thailand, India and Colombia
Informal Workers Make Cities Work for All: 3 Stories from Thailand, India and Colombia
Think of the delicious food stands in Southeast Asia, the street performers in Africa, the rickshaw driver in Bangladesh, and the invisible home-based workers who embroider garments and stitch shoes in India. What do they all have in common? They ...
Financing Sustainable Cities: New Tools Help Leaders Get from Aspiration to Action
Financing Sustainable Cities: New Tools Help Leaders Get from Aspiration to Action
By the year 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are primary drivers of economic, cultural and political advancements and, as such, require vast quantities of the world’s resources – today, cities generate more ...
Green Growth for the Commonwealth: Ready for Phase Three
Green Growth for the Commonwealth: Ready for Phase Three
This post was originally published in The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 Report. A few short years ago, the idea of sustainability drew praise as something that ought to be encouraged for its environmental benefits, despite what was then seen ...
This One Chart Shows the Radical Changes Needed to Achieve Sustainable Cities
This One Chart Shows the Radical Changes Needed to Achieve Sustainable Cities
Rose Molokoane picked up the microphone at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February, and challenged the room full of policymakers, practitioners and researchers. “I’ve been a part of every World Urban Forum, and government is always talking about needing ...
Helping Cities Make Better Decisions: Introducing TheCityFix Learn
Helping Cities Make Better Decisions: Introducing TheCityFix Learn
Cities around the world face a crush of converging pressures. They are being asked to improve mobility, affordable housing, equity, and access to opportunity – all while accommodating more residents, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making their streets safer and ...
True Affordability: Critiquing the International Housing Affordability Survey
True Affordability: Critiquing the International Housing Affordability Survey
Unaffordability is a major problem in cities of all kinds. Many households spend far more on housing and transportation than is considered affordable, and many people who would like to live in magnet cities cannot due to these costs. Cities ...
“Come, Participate in This Bold Indian Experiment:” Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on the Global Housing Technology Challenge
“Come, Participate in This Bold Indian Experiment:” Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on the Global Housing Technology Challenge
Provision of affordable, adequate and accessible housing is one of the major challenges facing India today, as it surges forward economically and demographically. Current government statistics put the housing shortfall at 10 million units, down from an estimated 19 million ...
3 Reasons City Dwellers Should Care About Forests
3 Reasons City Dwellers Should Care About Forests
If you’re reading this, you are probably a city dweller. More than half of humanity lives in cities, and the percentage continues to grow. As more and more of us move from the rural landscapes our ancestors called home, we are particularly estranged ...
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