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Three of the World's Best 'Cities for People'

January 13, 2015 by CC Huang

Cities for People

A new Energy Innovation report, Cities for People in Practice, makes comparisons between three sustainably developed communities that present themselves as successful examples of the “cities for people” approach to urban development.[read more]

Innovating for Smart, Sustainable Cities: A Q&A on Urban Mobility with Zipcar Founder Robin Chase

Smart Cities and Mobility

2015 is a year of utmost importance for the global sustainable development agenda, and cities will play a pivotal role. Landmark global decisions over the next twelve months provide opportunities to unlock the potential of cities and improve quality of life for billions worldwide.[read more]

TheCityFix's Year in Review: Top Ten Sustainable Cities Stories of 2014

Urban Sustainability Year in Review

As you know if you’ve followed the previous installments in TheCityFix’s Year in Review series, we’ve been witness to some pretty incredible moments for urban sustainability in 2014. Some, however, have captivated our global community of readers more than others.[read more]

TheCityFix's Year in Review: Five Stories that Prove Building Sustainable Cities can be Fun!

December 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Year in Review

With every year that passes, the challenges to creating the sustainable cities we want to live in seem to multiply. The scale and pace of urbanization across the globe is, in many ways, outpacing today’s solutions. But that doesn't mean it’s all doom and gloom.[read more]

Ideas for Sustainable Cities: The Ten Most Popular Articles of 2014 from This BIg City

December 28, 2014 by This Big City

The Most Popular of 2014

As the year draws to a close, why buck the blogosphere trend of looking back on the best bits of the past twelve months? It’s been a pleasure to publish some fantastic posts this year, and especially great to see so many of them land in the most-read list in this post.[read more]

Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth


The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Financing Sustainable Cities


Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[read more]

Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]


7 Top Trends for Sustainable Architecture in 2014

August 14, 2014 by Jeff Caldwell

Greener Buildings are Multiplying

“Sustainable City” may be a buzzword these days, but it’s a buzzword with substance. The number of buildings featuring green innovations is growing at a phenomenal rate. Here are some of the top trends for urban sustainable architecture in 2014.[read more]

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emphasize Sustainable Cities in Latest Draft

UN Urban Development Planning

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a critical piece of the international development agenda, particularly for international development institutions, which will often base their portfolio on the United Nation’s agreements.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Jane Jacobs Inspires Sustainable, Human-Centered Cities

Jane Jacobs and Human Cities

In the post World War II era, achieving the American Dream entailed owning a large, detached home in the suburbs with a bright green lawn and a car… or three. Urban centers in the United States were perceived as places to go for work or to pass through.[read more]