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Planning for Green Space is now Proven to Have Health Benefits

January 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

Good practice in Nottinghamshire

A new survey comparing housing density and the amount of green space in a given area with public health issues such as obesity and diabetes has found that there is a clear link between land-use and public health in cities.[read more]

Better Cities, Better Business at Transforming Transportation 2014 Conference

Better Cities and Business

Transforming Transportation 2014 is just around the corner! Now in its eleventh year, the conference – co-organized by EMBARQ and the World Bank – convenes high-level decision makers and technical experts to address the core questions of how to make transport sustainable.[read more]


Just 1 in 4 European Cities Fully Prepared for Climate Change

January 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

UK and Holland top the list.

Seven out of ten European cities have no formal plans to adapt to climate change and one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to new research. Holland and the UK contain the best performing cities.[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

Ten Cities Tackling Climate Change

September 24, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Climate Change

The inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards kicked off on Wednesday, September 4, with 29 cities and 37 projects shortlisted. The awards recognize city innovation that accelerates city action to combat the sources and impacts of climate change.[read more]

Putting People First: Cities Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

September 23, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Cities and Climate Change

In South America, owning a car is equated with obtaining high socioeconomic status. However, cities such as Bogota and Buenos Aires have been leading the way in altering public perception so that mass transit, cycling, and walking become socially acceptable modes of transport.[read more]

Environmental Urbanism: Cities can Lead in Climate Change Fight

September 5, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Can cities lead in the fight against Climate Change? And, if so where and how would they do so? Absolutely. Based on facts provided by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group the case for city leadership on climate change is very strong.[read more]

Urban Transportation: City as Suburb

September 4, 2013 by Jim Russell

What’s the most affordable part of London? Paris. The commute on the Eurostar takes just two hours 15 minutes. The geographic view is perverse. Cost does not concern the mega commuter, while true London residents get most of London’s pain without the joys.[read more]

Benchmarking the Walkability of Global Cities

August 29, 2013 by This Big City

Cities and Walkability

As each country takes a different approach to creating walkable cities, one global organisation is working to achieve a walkable future. Walk21 is a non-profit with the vision to create a world where people choose and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax.[read more]

Urban Talent: The Great Creative Class Migration

August 24, 2013 by Jim Russell

Why did college graduates go from relatively evenly distributed to concentrating in a few winning cities? During the first Great Migration, the working class moved to improve. Over the last half of a century, the Creative Class moves to improve.[read more]

Visions of African Urban Futures Yet to Come

August 24, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Future African Cities

What is imagined of the future of African urban spaces? What images are used to picture what can become of places as diverse as Douala, Eldoret, Ballito, Lamu, or Enugu? For many writing on urbanization Africa, a future is not really possible.[read more]

Cities Embracing the Green Revolution [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 20, 2013 by This Big City

urban green revolution

With global carbon dioxide levels at a historic high, something major needs to happen if we are to get anything close to a sustainable use of the planet’s resources. Could a ‘green revolution’ in cities be the solution?[read more]