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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    

Sam Adams On The Main Challenges Faced By Modern Cities

Under the leadership of Sam Adams, Portland has seen both a boost in its economy and is reducing its carbon emissions. (Photo: Ian Sane / Flickr)In September, Sam Adams will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Mayors´ Summit and...

Posted July 21, 2015    

Beyond Sim City: How Video Games Are Affecting City Planning

Players have the choice to create a green, healthy city, or ruthlessly industrialize. (Photo: Beyond Sims / Flickr)The real world is looking a lot more digital. With increasingly advanced software and the rise of the “sand box” gaming genre (video...

Posted July 20, 2015    

How City Partnerships and a $1 Billion Global Cities Package Could Unlock $17 Trillion in Economic Growth

Investing in quality transport infrastructure–like bike lanes–can generate $17 trillion or more in savings for cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Climate-smart actions—such as investing in public transport and building efficiency—could...

Posted July 17, 2015    

The Challenges of Bringing Transit-Oriented Development to Brazilian Cities

Transit-oriented development (TOD) faces two major challenges in Brazil: finance and governance. Photo by City Clock Magazine/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more...

Posted July 17, 2015    

From Ideas to Implementation: Creating Sustainable Cities with Good Governance

How cities are governed has a significant impact on whether low-income communities, like Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, genuinely benefit from infrastructure projects. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI...

Posted July 17, 2015    

How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

By aligning local and national policies and coordinating between sectors, Lille, France was able reduce transport emissions and save money. Photo by mi chiel/Flickr.While cities need to address energy and climate challenges, national governments can...

Posted July 15, 2015