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New report: Coastal Cities Will Drown In Around 50 Years

July 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

New York City could look like this

Sea levels are projected to rise faster than previously thought – as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years – precipitating an undeniable and irreversible effect on coastal cities like New York and Miami, according to a new study by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts.[read more]

7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City: A Visual Look

The compact, connected city is safer

Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. 7 design principles can help cities dramatically reduce road deaths. Here’s a visual look.[read more]

Post-Earthquakes, How Walking and Placemaking in Kathmandu is Changing

July 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Not exactly wheelchair friendly.

Insights into the walkability in Kathmandu, Nepal and the emergence of a new importance of public space since the earthquakes hit Nepal earlier this year. A report by Walk21 Vienna Ambassador Kristie Daniel.[read more]

7 Developments Showing that Encouraging Walking is Climbing the Policy Agenda

July 8, 2015 by Shareable .

Walking is gathering pace.

Walking is quickly being recognized in North America and beyond as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation, a great way to meet people, a smart strategy for saving money, and a lot of fun. Seven recent developments attest to this, including the upcoming 2nd National Walking Summit.[read more]

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

July 1, 2015 by Alex Romaniuc Rachel Creane

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]

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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]

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Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe
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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]