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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How To Build Light Rail in Our Cities Without Emptying the Public Purse

June 24, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Light rail – perfectly integrated

An exploration of the way forward for light rail reveals it is pertinent to the future of urban development, but the challenge is how to pay for it. Will embracing the public-private partnership financing model get rail infrastructure off the ground?[read more]

VIDEO: Watch The Amazing New 5,000-Bicycle Park at Delft Train Station

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Park and ride – on a bike

This past February, a new central train station opened up in Delft in the Netherlands. As part of the train station, there’s an underground parking facility for 5,000 bicycles. Here’s a video of how it all works.[read more]

The Case For Planning Transit Around Low Population Densities

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Build it and make them come?

There’s a strong correlation between population density and transit ridership. The Pembina Institute report 'Building transit where we need it' specifies a minimum population density of 115 people per hectare for building subways and 70 people for light rail (LRT). But what if planners bundled land use decisions with transit decisions?[read more]

Sneak Preview of South Africa's New Commuter Trains!

June 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Aged commuter trains are being replaced

South Africa's aged commuter trains are being replaced. The first X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains are expected to be ready by the end of 2015 and the first complete PRASA train will be shipped to South Africa for an intensive testing program, before entering into service by June 2016, to serve some of the 2.3 million commuters in South Africa.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

Average Commuting Time for Americans Has Declined 8% in 10 Years

June 3, 2015 by David Levinson

Less time wasted

Over the past decade, the amount of time spent in travel related to working and work-related activities has declined six minutes: from 74.4 minutes to 68.4 minutes per day, according to the American Time Use Survey.[read more]

Transit - the New Urban Commons?

June 1, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen


Jam today, none tomorow?

Cities compete for the 'echo boom' generation that isn't in love with cars and suburbs anymore, by wooing them with bike lanes, walk scores and robust transit. So if one reads on Trip Advisor that a city is not known for its efficient public transportation system, what should be done?[read more]

How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development

Wanted: transit-oriented development

China’s HSR system presents an opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD) around new stations. However, this has often failed to occur in a controlled or compact manner. A more coordinated strategy for TOD around HSR stations could help Chinese cities develop in more compact and sustainable ways.[read more]


In Which Cities Is It Quicker to Walk and Cycle than Drive a Car?

May 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

What's the point of this?

It's cities with high employment and GDP that experience the biggest increases in traffic congestion and where it's faster to cycle than drive. In New Delhi average driving speeds are now approaching walking speed. In London, travel speeds are now the same as 100 years ago. As it's experiencing a 24% boom in office construction, congestion can only get worse unless drastic action is taken.[read more]

4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

Shenzen, China, has been trialing strategies for financing transit infrastructure

China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. Here are four strategies for Retail + Property development being used to bring sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Chinese cities.[read more]


Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]