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How Mexico City Became More Pedestrian-Friendly, Step by Step

July 1, 2015 by Alex Romaniuc

A holistic approach

We love stories about people taking action to solve a city’s problems, and stories about the pedestrianisation cities. This story ticks both those boxes.This project offers better access to Mexico City's Metrobus station for passengers, and gives Ecobici, Mexico City’s bike-share network, a launch-pad to expand south of the city.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]


Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

Four Ways Street Design Can Increase Public Safety

Good lighting ensures safety

The quality of public spaces as well as the surrounding environment determine how people use them. If they are accessible, attractive, and safe, they can inspire a range of uses and activities. In contrast, when public spaces are abandoned or neglected, they can cease to be places where people feel safe.[read more]

The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

On tour of Chinese buildings

In May, I had the privilege to travel to China to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. We were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China.[read more]


Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will accept the award today

Baltimore City will today be awarded a national rating for its efforts to become a more sustainable community by the STAR Community Rating System, the United States' first comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability.[read more]

Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?

Driverless cars could help in Singapore

Since driverless cars can theoretically “see” the entire picture of their surroundings, the idea is that they can drive more efficiently and safely. Driverless cars don’t drive drunk or and don’t experience fatigue—two common causes of traffic collisions. Some advocates claim they could reduce congestion, lower emissions, and make traveling more comfortable.[read more]

The Urgency of Climate Refugees in Dhaka and Beyond

Dhaka – destination for climate refugees

With an increasing number of climate refugees in cities like Dhaka, local and national leaders need to respond with a comprehensive plan of action. In the next 40 years, climate change is expected to cause 150 million people worldwide to leave their homes and migrate elsewhere. With national policy lacking, action falls to city leaders.[read more]

Water Operators: Unsung Heroes of the Post-2015 Agenda?

June 8, 2015 by GWOPA Global WOPs Alliance

Let's celebrate the humble manhole cover

Providing water and sanitation to the majority of the world's population, utilities are on the forefront of efforts to ensure access to our most basic services. Although we rely on their essential work every day, the challenges they face are often overlooked in development projects. The #manholecover campaign will raise awareness of these essential actors to ensure our sustainable development.[read more]

World’s Largest Study On Cyclist Behaviour: Copenhagen To Cape Town

June 8, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Designing junctions to protect cyclists

The Desire Lines of Cyclists– The Global Study – is described as “the natural evolution” of the original Desire Lines analysis of cyclist behaviour and how cyclists react to urban design called The Choreography of an Urban Intersection. The results of that analysis were unveiled by CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen at Velo-City 2013 in Vienna.[read more]

How Greening Our Streets Can Also Make Them More Resilient to Extreme Weather

June 8, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Working with nature to make streets better.

Strategically designed landscaping and paving materials can capture and filter stormwater before it becomes polluted runoff. Tree planting, rain gardens, swales, permeable pavement, and more not only control pollution but also help cool urban heat islands mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, beautify neighborhoods and enhance nearby property values.[read more]

How Eight Principles of Civic Ecology Enable Disaster Recovery

June 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Day of Unity in Joplin

How eight principles of civic ecology were used in a Midwestern community to help it build recovery and resilience following a devastating EF-5 tornado with 200mph winds that took 161 lives and destroyed homes, businesses, churches, hospitals, landscapes, and at least 10,000 mature trees.[read more]