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San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[read more]


Is This the First Post-Car-Dependent Generation in America?

February 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Future City winners

Is this the first generation of kids in the United States who may not be car dependant? Teenagers from schools across the United States have been entering a competition to design a future city, and the winning solutions do not involve cars.[read more]


Suburbs Emit More Carbon Dioxide than Cities - Study

January 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Would you believe it? New York city is greener than its surroundings...

High density living as practised in central metropolitan areas results in far lower (over 50%) average greenhouse gas emissions per person than living in the suburbs surrounding them, according to academics at the University of California, Berkeley.[read more]

Exchanging Transport Lessons Between Developed and Developing Countries, Part II

November 30, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Developing Mobility

When we transfer intellectual technology and terminology, whether we try to transfer it to India, China, Vietnam, or Indonesia, we have to be very mindful of how those countries are governed. When you superimpose the American philosophy of government it will not work in developing countries.[read more]

Six Cities Designing Transport for Women

November 18, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Urban Transit for Women

Here are some interesting examples of how public transport systems of various cities have been developed with (and, in some cases, most definitely without) their female users in mind. Perhaps these anecdotes can be seen as proxies for how much gender equality is valued in various cities around the world.[read more]

Urban Inequality: Joburg United

November 4, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Joburg and Unity

Johannesburg, Joburg, Egoli, Maboneng, Gauteng, Jozi; the many names given to Africa’s wealthiest city, a place to which people are drawn from across the country and the continent in search of a better life. But Joburg is also the scene of immense inequality and incredible spatial distortion.[read more]

The Italian Rush: Does Noise Define the Milaneze Lifestyle?

November 3, 2013 by The Global Grid

Milan and Noise Pollution

Like all Italian cities, Milan is defined by its urban structure and habits of its citizens. In the morning, side street bars have those drinking espresso before going to work, while the evening is driven by the traffic congestion and anxious drivers who abusively honk their horns.[read more]

Halloween's Gotten the Sustainable Cities Bug

Sustainable Halloween!

Scouring the web reveals endless possibilities for creative costumes with a message about urban living. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s take a minute to appreciate all of the excellent transport and urban planning inspired Halloween costumes out there.[read more]

Urban Transit: Visualising How Cities Move [VIDEO]

October 28, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Visualizing Urban Movement

Do we truly understand how people within our cities are moving, and how infrastructure can either enable or act as a barrier to that? Even if the movement is taking place efficiently, does the city structure promote long term sustainability?[read more]

Can Innovative Transport Help "the Most Dangerous City in the World" Shake its Reputation?

October 24, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Medellin and Transportation Innovation

The physical beauty and many cultural and commercial institutions of Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, mask its well-earned reputation for violence. The city’s troubles remain real, but there are encouraging signs that the city is turning around.[read more]

Citymakers: Gordon Price

September 30, 2013 by Jillian Glover

Gordon Price and Urbanism

Gordon Price is Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. He also writes, teaches and consults on urban development and planning. He served six terms as Councillor for Vancouver, from 1986 to 2002, as well as on the board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.[read more]

Urbanism and #CityData: Ten Facts About Cities, Part 3

September 29, 2013 by This Big City

City Data

In recent weeks we’ve been focusing on the numbers behind cities as part of our new #citydata series. From bike lanes to construction to pet waste (yep), we’re covering the whole spectrum of sustainable cities in this super-visual series.[read more]