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Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo/FlickrHow do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a...

Posted July 18, 2016    

Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport

Low-carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A new series of papers from the Low Emissions Development...

Posted May 20, 2016    

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and...

Posted May 17, 2016    

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?

Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population...

Posted May 12, 2016    

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities...

Posted May 11, 2016    

Three Stories of How the Internet of Everything Is Changing Transport

With the arrival of new and powerful technologies, and the declining costs of these technologies, some new possibilities are emerging for cities and their transport systems. For example, the Internet of Everything (IoE) can benefit cities...

Posted May 10, 2016    

A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient...

Posted May 5, 2016    

A New Way to Measure Road Safety That Doesn’t Wait for Crashes to Happen

In order to improve road safety, decision makers need accurate information about their city’s streets. Traditionally, road safety analysis has relied on historical data of actual crashes. However, the drawback of this “crash-based approach” is that...

Posted April 18, 2016    

DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters

The Washington, DC Metro. Photo by RJ Schmidt/Flickr.Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000...

Posted March 21, 2016    

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Public Spaces Worldwide

Fireworks go off in Cartagena, Colombia for New Year’s Eve. Photo by Louis Vest/Flickr.If one night out of the year were to demonstrate the value of public spaces for healthy, inclusive cities, New Year’s Eve might be the best example. Many urban...

Posted January 1, 2016    

How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays

To celebrate the holidays, cities close down streets for pedestrians, open markets, and hold parades in public spaces. Photo by Ted Eytan/FlickrFor cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are...

Posted December 24, 2015    

Leapfrog or Lock-in? Exploring the Potential Impact of Carsharing

Carsharing could help emerging economies avoid car ownership and carbon lock-in; however, to accomplish this, they need an enabling environment and institutional support. Photo by Ian Collins/FlickrGrowing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015...

Posted December 17, 2015