Posts tagged with 'urban planning'
Bogotá and Cali Connect Local Action to National Ambition to Transform the Buildings Sector
Bogotá and Cali Connect Local Action to National Ambition to Transform the Buildings Sector
Following the launch of Colombia’s first National Roadmap for Net Zero Buildings in June 2022, the cities of Bogotá and Cali are setting the foundation for how to implement the roadmap at the local level. The municipal governments of both cities have ...
Map of street access in Dar es Salaam
How Higher Quality Data Can Help Improve Urban Planning and Reduce Inequities
Local-level, high-quality data can provide powerful insights for urban planning and lead to better policies on mobility, climate adaptation, gender equity and more. But only if the inputs are good and there’s enough capacity to analyze it effectively. New technologies ...
Kids playing at a public park in Barranquilla, Colombia
5 Cities Show How to Thrive in Turbulent Times
History shows that when disasters and crises strike, cities often bounce back stronger and more resilient than before. The great Chicago fire famously gave rise to skyscrapers. Infectious disease outbreaks led to public health policies and modern sanitation. The devastation of World War II catalyzed unprecedented ...
Financing Urban Transformation: Don’t Leave It Up to Cities Alone
Financing Urban Transformation: Don’t Leave It Up to Cities Alone
To achieve more equitable, resilient, low-carbon societies, cities need big changes to critical infrastructure and systems. But ample research shows they can’t raise the investment needed for those big changes on their own. Municipalities depend on higher levels of government ...
Rethinking Urban Climate Research in the Shadow of Climate Breakdown
Rethinking Urban Climate Research in the Shadow of Climate Breakdown
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), composed of hundreds of the world’s leading scientists, puts considerable weight on urban climate action in developing pathways towards sustainable futures. The 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC recognizes that urban areas present ...
Curitiba Is Evolving But Remains a Model for Urban Sustainability
Curitiba Is Evolving But Remains a Model for Urban Sustainability
I recently had the pleasure of re-visiting Curitiba, Brazil, thanks to an invitation from the Smart Cities Expo. I made my first pilgrimage in 2000, when Bogotá was implementing its bus rapid transit system, Transmilenio, and returned twice after that. ...
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
As 2021 closes, most cities around the world continue to grapple with the uncertainty of a pandemic now in its second year. Amid dips and rises in cases, the emergence of new variants, and the ongoing challenge of vaccinating the ...
Can Cities Thrive in Turbulent Times? 3 Questions for Cities in 2022
Can Cities Thrive in Turbulent Times? 3 Questions for Cities in 2022
Infectious disease outbreaks can have enduring influence on urban design and several have irrevocably shaped how modern cities feel and function. For example, parks, wide street design and even the home bathroom are all important legacies of cholera outbreaks; today, ...
The City Is the Solution: Celebrating Jaime Lerner
The City Is the Solution: Celebrating Jaime Lerner
Jaime Lerner passed away on May 27, 2021. A world-renowned Brazilian urbanist, he was three times mayor of Curitiba and two times governor of the southern state of Paraná. Besides his great ideas, he was a very kind person and ...
What We Learned After Analyzing 5 Months of Active Mobility Responses to COVID-19
What We Learned After Analyzing 5 Months of Active Mobility Responses to COVID-19
In 2020 and into 2021, transportation agencies, companies and advocacy groups acted swiftly in the face of the unique public health crisis and disruption caused by COVID-19. They provided solutions that kept frontline workers, groceries, health services and other critical ...
Lax Regulation Doesn’t Fully Explain Unsafe Buildings in African Cities: A View from Ghana
Lax Regulation Doesn’t Fully Explain Unsafe Buildings in African Cities: A View from Ghana
Incidents of building collapse are worryingly common in large African cities. One study counted 54 building collapse deaths and 122 injuries in Kampala, Uganda, between 2004 and 2008. Another identified 112 cases in Lagos, Nigeria, from 1978 to 2008. Cities in Ghana and Kenya, ...
The Case for Formal Urban Experiments
The Case for Formal Urban Experiments
In response to the massive challenges confronting cities around the world, more city planners have begun to experiment with quick, high-impact urban design solutions. From pop-up bike lanes and parklets, to sidewalk extensions, to tactical urbanism safety interventions, many cities ...
Disruption and Refocusing: COVID Response and the Climate Crisis at Transforming Transportation 2021
Disruption and Refocusing: COVID Response and the Climate Crisis at Transforming Transportation 2021
2020 brought tremendous disruption to the global transportation sector. As the world coped with a pandemic, millions began working from home and millions more lost their jobs. Logistics networks were broken and then reshaped. All while the planet experienced the ...
6 Keys to Turn Coastal Resilience Plans into Action
6 Keys to Turn Coastal Resilience Plans into Action
Cyclone Amphan slammed into countries surrounding the Sea of Bengal this May. The storm was the second most powerful the region has seen in two decades, affecting over 12 million people in four countries. In Bangladesh, the water surged up to 4 ...
As the Coronavirus Looms, Can African Cities Become More Walkable and Bikeable?
As the Coronavirus Looms, Can African Cities Become More Walkable and Bikeable?
Cities in Africa are in something of a quandary when it comes to COVID-19. To date, the impact of the disease has been much less than most experts predicted. As of this writing, the continent has had over 890,000 confirmed ...
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