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How Infill Development Can Help Stop Urban Sprawl

To combat urban sprawl, urban areas–like Mexico City–are using infill development to boost density in urban cores. (Photo: Jorge Martinez/ Flickr)From October 12 to 14, EMBARQ México will host the XI Cities and Transport International Congress,...

Posted October 1, 2015    

Energy Use in Buildings: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?

Encouraging energy efficient behavior in buildings is best accomplished when managers respect local culture. (Photo: Joshua Damasio/ Flickr)When the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan caused a series of energy shortages throughout the country, the...

Posted September 29, 2015    

Day 1 of Cities & Transport International Congress Talks Climate Action, Inclusive Development

Today marked the first day of the Cities & Transport International Congress in Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 city leaders and experts assembled to speak on sustainability, mobility and urban planning. (Photo: WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis)Home...

Posted September 11, 2015    

Three Cities Broadcasting Free Wi-Fi and Why This Is a Good Thing

The internet has rapidly changed the way that people connect with others, work, and live. Cities–like Taipei, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo–are catering to this widespread demand for internet by broadcasting free Wi-Fi. (Photo: Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr)...

Posted September 7, 2015    

From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share

Despite being nearly 50 years old, bike share is only recently seeing widespread international growth. However, with better data and improved models, bike share’s future looks extremely bright. (Photo: LesHaines / Flickr)Nossa Cidade (“Our City...

Posted September 3, 2015    

Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

As cities face increasing populations and long periods of drought, urban areas are being forced to innovate new ways to produce clean water. (Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr. Slightly modified from original)Today marks the end of World Water...

Posted August 31, 2015    

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