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Using Bikes to Improve Mobility in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

Favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro, such as Rocinha, use bicycles as a primary means of transport; consequently, efforts to improve mobility in these areas should focus on cycling for the greatest impact. (Photo: Robert Cutts / Flickr)Nossa Cidade...

Posted August 19, 2015    

3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density

Cities faced with rapidly growing populations should turn to zoning and land-use planning to create dense, urban areas. Singapore, for example, implemented inclusionary zoning to help working class residents afford homes near the city center. (Photo...

Posted August 18, 2015    

Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings

Some cities—like Jakarta, Indonesia—are innovatively utilizing building benchmarking programs to promote energy savings. (Photo: Stefan Magdalinski /Flickr)The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a real-time building monitoring and...

Posted August 13, 2015    

Why Cities Should Invest in Beekeeping

Many cities, like Washington D.C., are picking up beekeeping to both combat declining bee populations and help boost local agriculture and business. (Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA / Flickr)Cities looking for sustainable economic growth might consider...

Posted August 4, 2015    

Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

In major cities–such as Bangalore, India–pedestrians, cyclists, and personal vehicles often share space, making design for road safety even more critical. (Photo: jchessma/ Flickr)Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving...

Posted August 4, 2015    

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

Good urban governance begins with open access to information. São Paulo, Brazil offers a number of lessons for making data accessible and encouraging public participation. (Photo: Gabi Sakamoto / Flickr)How do we make cities work for people? As a...

Posted July 29, 2015    

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

It can often be difficult for residents–like those of Wuxi, China–to know how their homes perform compared to similar homes. Benchmarking fills this knowledge gap, helping the city improve building performance. Photo by Mr Thinktank / Flickr.Urban...

Posted July 28, 2015    

Using Virtual Reality to Create Safer Drivers

A driver using the Occulus Rift, a popular virtual reality device, to simulate a driving experience. (Photo: Nan Palmero / Flickr)Talking about virtual reality (VR) often calls to mind movies like The Matrix or futuristic video games—however,...

Posted July 27, 2015    

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

An aerial view of the metro-bus system in Mexico City, Mexico. The city’s recent bus-rapid transport system has helped alleviate major congestion. (Photo: EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Mobility / Flickr)Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people...

Posted July 24, 2015    

10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy for Cities

Investments in low-carbon development are a major opportunity for cities to contribute in the fight against climate change (Photo: Ed Yourdon / Flickr).Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for...

Posted July 23, 2015    

China’s Pedestrianization: Reviving a Tradition of Walking for Healthier Cities

A pedestrian mall on Nanjing Road, China (Photo: Payton Chung / Flickr)Pedestrian-oriented streets not only are safer, improve air quality, and encourage physical activity, but also facilitate commercial and social activity. Although China has...

Posted July 23, 2015    

How Historic Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First

After years of intense traffic congestion, Istanbul began pedestrianizing its Historic Peninsula in 2005, prioritizing walkability and improving local air quality. (Photo by Mesut Tufan)Motorized vehicle emissions are a primary cause of air...

Posted July 22, 2015