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The Invisible Design Features of Cities

September 22, 2015 by CC Huang

To the untrained eye, beautiful skylines, impressive subway systems, and lively public parks characterize great cities. However, there are also a number of invisible design features that characterize the best cities – urban growth boundaries, transit-oriented development, walking and biking pathway density, and small blocks are among the most important of these design features.[read more]

Placemaking the American Backyard

September 18, 2015 by Joe Nickol

The American backyard has become a full-on development strategy in placemaking, real estate development, and establishing new market potential in counter-intuitive locations.[read more]

Uber’s New Wave of Urban Design. Are Cities Ready?

September 14, 2015 by Lisa Nisenson

As transportation network companies expand into shared ride services, they are laying the groundwork for a new kind of transit oriented development based on flexible transportation.[read more]


How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]

Why We Need Trees in Our Cities

September 1, 2015 by Shane Carpani

Trees significantly improve the livability of urban areas. In this article, we outline the main benefits that mature urban trees offer our cities.[read more]

Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development

August 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

India and Road Safety


Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow– unless we make urgent and far-reaching changes to our road safety approach.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

July 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Before cars there were...

Many people assume roads became the way they are today because of the rise of automobiles. In Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Carlton Reid explains that infrastructure for bicycles, tricycles, and more were the precursors to the later transportation system dominated by automobiles.[read more]

Social Media Sparks Large Spontaneous Urban Demonstrations Against Racism

July 29, 2015 by Nora Lindström

Demo shows power of social media

A beautiful summer afternoon formed the backdrop to a 15,000-strong demonstration against racism and intolerance in Helsinki today. The demonstration was prompted by a racist and xenophobic Facebook post by a member of parliament from the nationalist-populist(-racist) Perussuomalaiset (“True Finns”) party.[read more]

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

July 29, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Science fiction or prophecy?

“The growth in information and communication technology will soon erase the ‘official’ borders of cities…” An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent.[read more]

From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure that Citizens Have Access to Information

Openness is vital toitizen engagement.

Many citizens often face various obstacles accessing accurate information about their cities. Therefore, the first key to making cities work for people is access to information. But how can we guarantee it?[read more]