Air Pollution Destroys Sense of Smell in Mexico City
Air Pollution Destroys Sense of Smell in Mexico City
Smog in the city. Photo by A30_Tsitika. Residents of Mexico City have a much poorer sense of smell than their counterparts in the neighboring state of Tlaxcala due, in large part, to the poorer air quality in the Mexican capital. ...
Ikea to Sell Cars? Look Out Tata!
Ikea to Sell Cars?  Look Out Tata!
Photo from Yotatech. Well, maybe not. Last year Ikea announced a plan to cut energy use by 25% by 2012. So far it has been working on this goal by, among other things, introducing a fleet of hybrids to its ...
Mumbai's Traffic Generates Its Own Ad Campaign
Mumbai's Traffic Generates Its Own Ad Campaign
Photos from Ads of the World. The rule of thumb when designing a billboard is minimalism: keep it short and simple so that your message is absorbed by anyone, even people casting the most fleeting glance. So why does this ...
Systematizing Istanbul's Taxis
Systematizing Istanbul's Taxis
Click here to see photo. It’s typical in Istanbul to be walking on an empty street, just enjoying the day, when out of the blue the shriek of a taxi’s horn shatters the peace and quite. It’s an annoying problem, ...
Bikes vs. Cars
Bikes vs. Cars
Here’s a neat picture from Adrien Rovero, that nicely compares the amount of urban space needed for a bike compared with that needed for a car. Photo from INOUT DESIGNERS.
The End of Suburbia
The End of Suburbia
Via Dot Earth.
The Housing Bubble and Urban Design
The Housing Bubble and Urban Design
A McMansion under construction in Texas. Photo by Dean Terry. In the last few months major magazines and papers have written provocative pieces about the housing bubble in the United States and what it means for the future of the ...
Transantiago A Year Later
Transantiago A Year Later
After some early hiccups, Tranantiago might just have a promising future. Photo by kurotashiO! ® A year after its mangled implementation, Transantiago, the ambitious program to restructure Santiago’s sprawling and inefficient bus system, is still generating quite a bit of ...
In Bogota Car-Free Isn't Pollution Free
In Bogota Car-Free Isn't Pollution Free
An unusual calm on Bogota’s streets. Photo by Pattoncito from Flickr. On Thursday, February 7 Bogotá held its 8th annual car-free day during which 14% of the population left their private cars at home and walked, cycled, and took mass ...
Making Mass Transit a Priority in India
Making Mass Transit a Priority in India
A view of Hyderabad. Photo by pangalactic gargleblaster. “We clearly want to move into a much stronger system of public transport in order to avoid excessive dependence on individualized forms of transport, which are both energy using and emission generating,” ...