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The Urgency of Climate Refugees in Dhaka and Beyond

With an increasing number of climate refugees in cities like Dhaka, local and national leaders need to respond with a comprehensive plan of action. Photo by blese/Flickr.In the next 40 years, climate change is expected to cause 150 million people...

Posted June 9, 2015    

To Reduce Traffic Congestion, India’s Cities Can Learn from its Businesses

The Indian city of Bangalore is engaging the private sector to shift how employees commute to work, reducing traffic congestion and costs for everyone. Photo by Miroslav Čuljat/Flickr.A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities...

Posted June 4, 2015    

The First Bus Rapid Transit System in a Former Soviet State

Almaty’s new BRT system will be the first of its kind in the region, bringing sustainable transport to thousands of residents. Photo by FixerKZ/Wikipedia.Since its introduction over 40 years ago, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have been adopted in...

Posted June 4, 2015    

How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented

Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new...

Posted May 28, 2015    

3 Ways the “Internet of Moving Things” is Transforming Bus Travel

Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities like Jinotega, Nicaragua and making public transit more responsive to the needs of local communities. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr.In the last fifty years, bus systems have evolved...

Posted May 26, 2015    

Compare Your Country on the Environmental Democracy Index

Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr.The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban...

Posted May 22, 2015    

Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant

The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from ...

Posted May 22, 2015    

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

High speed rail connects Zhengzhou with other Chinese cities and has potential to spur compact urban development across the country. Photo by Andrew Stokols.Many large Chinese cities have developed around transport corridors. Hangzhou and Suzhou,...

Posted May 21, 2015    

What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning

Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil’s port, has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic...

Posted May 19, 2015    

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

“Wishful Thinking” shows that, although traffic collisions are often blamed on individual behavior, urban design can be a powerful tool for improving road safety. Graphic by Nikhil Chaudhary.India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Istanbul is looking to expand its network of bike lanes and promote cycling to improve public health and well-being. Biking on the Asian side of Istanbul. Photo by bicyclemark.Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Designing Safer Cities for Children

With 32 percent fewer traffic accidents involving children, Seoul, South Korea is one example of how changing street design can improve road safety.When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety...

Posted May 13, 2015