Island Press Urban Resilience Project

3,460 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 24 Following | 1,126 Followers | @UrbanResilience | Collecting stories on urban resilience in the era of climate change, with an emphasis on sustainability, equity, and social justice. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) is committed to a greener, fairer future for all. Island Press gratefully acknowledges major support of our work by The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation.

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN

So far, it’s the only city in the world to publish a review of its progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).<p>On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report to the United Nations on its progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals …


What will the footpath of the future look like?

Technological developments will bring changes large and small to urban transport infrastructure over the coming decades, but the most widely felt …


Scientists Are Key to Making Cities Sustainable

Urban leaders must work with researchers to solve real human problems

Smart Cities

To Combat Gentrification, One City Is Changing How Homes Are Bought and Sold

The city of Buffalo is supporting its first community land trust, designed to give neighbors control over land use and to keep housing affordable.

Urban Design

Healing the water crisis with vegetables | Health Care Without Harm

Flint Fresh Mobile Market aggregates produce from local farmers and brings fresh healthy food<br>to neighborhoods lacking access to fresh food each week. …

Urban Agriculture

What’s the Greatest Risk Cities Face?

<b>Donald Trump has called America’s inner cities</b> “crime infested,” “almost at an all-time low” and “more dangerous than some of the war zones,” even as violent crime in America has been declining for decades. Which isn’t to say that our cities don’t still face serious problems. But what are they …

Urban Design

L.A.'s Not Just Sizzling, It's Sultry: Why California's July Heat Wave Is So Weird

An unusually early—and humid—heat wave has set all-time records


Ambitious Parks Aim to Transform Oklahoma’s Cities

Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City / Hargreaves AssociatesThe Gathering Place / Michael Van Valkenburgh AssociatesIn Oklahoma City and Tulsa, massive, …

Urban Design

Will Natural Disasters Boost the Case for Grid Defection?

Image Credit: Shutterstock.comGrid defection is a very controversial topic in energy. Utilities think it's an absurd, uneconomic idea. Many …


Morgan Professor Receives “Bold Thinking Award” for Social Justice - Morgan State University Newsroom

Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence Brown, assistant professor in the School of Community Health and Policy, who was awarded the “Bold Thinking Award” by …

Community Health

The University Of The Future Is Floating

Created by architects Raumlabor, the Floating University in Berlin invites students and experts from all over the world to explore solutions for …


On Amazon’s Prime Day, the environment gets a raw deal

This Tuesday is day two of Prime Day, a late-capitalist online extravaganza for Amazon Prime members only. The once-a-year sale, which Amazon says …


Science for Sustainable Cities

How smart urban planning and design can help people and the planet


Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting …

Sea Level

Preparing for the health impacts of a fiery future

The 2018 fire season has officially begun, and it’s likely to be a bad one. At this writing, over a dozen large wildfires are burning in the western …

Public Health

California speeding toward fight over driving limits in age of climate change and electric cars

Top air-quality regulators at the state Capitol may be on a collision course with local power players when it comes to how frequently Californians …

San Diego

Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.

Cities are regulating mobility startups, but ignoring the real problem—there’s still too much space for cars<p>Over the last few months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at century-old images of U.S. streets. There’s a window of a dozen or so years at the beginning of the 20th century, at the dawn of …

Urban Design

This vital new health atlas offers new look at how place shapes health

The Health Divide<p>July 13, 2018<p>For years, Dr. Amy Kind has been keenly aware that the neighborhoods in which her patients live often hinder their …

Public Health

Transit-Oriented Development is More Transit-Oriented When It’s Affordable Housing

<i>Our latest Ridership Initiative guest post comes to us from Eleni Bardaka, an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, and John</i> …

Urban Design

The Magic of “Multisolving” (SSIR)

In Japan, manufacturing facilities use “green curtains”—living panels of climbing plants—to clean the air, provide vegetables for company cafeterias, …


Can Ride-Sharing Apps and Driverless Cars Steer Us In a More Equitable Direction?

Without early policy interventions, the mobility gap between the haves and have-nots might widen into a chasm.<p><b>By Anne Brown and Brian D.</i> …

Los Angeles

Design as Democracy: Barcelona’s ‘Carritos’ Encourage a More Inclusive Urbanism

Barcelona’s carritos call urban planners to take the streets and encourage a more inclusive form of urbanism. Photo by Raons PubliquesCommunity …

Urban Design

Making the case for New Urbanism

New Urbanism is more than design and building, it also hinges on effective communications. Revitalizing a downtown, building a mixed-use …

Urban Design

Bill Gates' proposed smart city could also be a water-constrained one

The plan for Belmont's construction should include an acknowledgement of and robust planning for Arizona's long-term water crisis.


The air in Pittsburgh is unsafe to breathe for about four months a year, according to a new report

PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh is one of 10 major cities in the country to experience elevated levels of air pollution for more than 100 days a year, …


Electric Double-Decker Buses Are Coming to L.A.

They’re not just for sightseeing anymore.<p>North America’s first electric double-decker transit bus is pulling up to Southern California in 2019. These two-tiered buses will cross between the San Gabriel Valley and the city of Los Angeles, with the intent of alleviating the region’s infamous traffic …


Puerto Rico Confronts a New Hurricane Season — And Old Injustices

This was no mere “natural” disaster. The impacts of Hurricane Maria were to a large extent attributable to inequalities of race, income and — …


The transformative power of the public realm

A conversation with Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner<p><i>Mitchell Silver’s accomplishments are impressive. A planner by training, he</i> …

Urban Design

California Meets Its 2020 Emissions Goal Early

California reached a critical emissions reduction milestone four years earlier than expected, data released Wednesday shows.California reached a …

Fossil Fuels

Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

A podcast interview with consulting transit planner Jarrett Walker<p>Public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a huge range of urban problems, …

Urban Design