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A New Coalition for Urban Transitions to Help Cities Thrive

Changing Planet<p><b>By UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Mike Bloomberg, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes</b><p><i>This article originally appeared in Le Figaro (French) here, and on Huffington Post (English) here.</i><p>The Paris Climate Agreement, already …

How self-driving cars might improve our cities and towns

There are a lot of different opinions about the future of our cities in the era of the autonomous car; some think it might be lead to a congestion …

At 100, Jane Jacobs more relevant than ever | The Star

Striding out of Toronto’s urbanist hivemind is a fresh idea to retrofit an almost-two-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner Expressway’s underbelly. …

What Would Jane Jacobs Do?

Why the question remains so vital today.<p>On a presidential campaign trail paved with discussions of border walls, Supreme Court nominees and terrorism fears, candidates have hardly mentioned cities beyond, perhaps, a remark about “New York values.” Yet a national agenda in this century must be an …

Urban Design

We've been mayors of New York, Paris and Rio. We know climate action starts with cities

If we want to reduce emissions, cities are key. But they need to be empowered if they are to have an impact<p>The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large part because national governments recognized cities’ progress in reducing carbon emissions. On …

Jane Jacobs Was Right About What Makes A Great City And Mobile Phone Data Proves It

They needed to have: 1) mixed use neighborhoods, with residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; 2) small blocks that promote walking 3) a …

Urban Design

Get a final look at the waterfront urban design study before it's approved

It's the final look at what the future Pier 7 and 8 will look like before the city moves to cover it with houses, roads, businesses and a boardwalk. …

Righting Old Wrongs: U.S. DOT Goes from Urban Renewal to Freeway Removal

Secretary Foxx tells NPR correspondent Brian Naylor how two interstate highways separated his childhood neighborhood in North Carolina. Publication …

Urban Design

New Storefront Index Reveals Evidence of Jacobs's 'Sidewalk Ballet'

Joe Cortright shares the news about a new statistical indicator, created by <i>City Observatory</i> to measure that critical indicator of neighborhood …

Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

04/27/2016 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection, Geography In the News, Main. ·<p><b>WORLD</b><p>From skyline gondolas to downtown “pink zones,” urban planners around the world are redefining what cities can be. (Wall Street Journal)<p>Use our resources to learn more about the challenges of …

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.

Making cities less dangerous and more livable for women actually makes them better for everyone.<p>At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event -- a few speeches, lots of mingling, plenty of wine. But instead of making contacts to …

Transit

Researchers Build Model for Predicting Gentrification

According to an article by Nathan Collins, data scientists from the University of Cambridge think they're found a way to predict gentrification, …

University of Cambridge

Researchers at MIT are using Legos to build interactive transportation maps

The roads, sidewalks, bus stations, and buildings are all made out of Lego blocks. Wee Lego figures represent pedestrians. Laid over it all is a computer-generated projection of the actual neighborhood, filling in the details of current green space and traffic in Dudley Square.<p>The project is a …

Lego

New York Development to Combine Manufacturing and Residential Once Again

"In February, the city released a request for proposals for 4.5 acres of property adjacent to Anable Basin, a shipping inlet on the East River.," …

Plans for future scenarios are hard to communicate to employees

Scenario planning is a well-known and commonly used strategy tool. Despite such widespread use (and its presence in business school curricula), there …

A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America.<p>Not all urban planners or city governments agree on what kind of street designs are best. But one thing remains clear: Cities …

Urban Design

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

Models matter. Let’s design more streets like the streets we already love.<p>When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a traffic engineer, it seems, everything looks like a highway.<p>If traffic engineers did not control the design of so many of our public spaces, this might not …

Urban Design

How smart cities (will) work - ExtremeTech

By on April 19, 2016 at 9:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>These days, the word “smart” is …

Ideas for Australia: City v4.0, a new model of urban growth and governance for Australia

<i>The Conversation has asked 20 academics to examine the big ideas facing Australia for the 2016 federal election and beyond. The 20-piece series</i> …

What ails India’s urban governance?

The horrific flooding in Chennai in 2015, Delhi’s newly acquired status as the world’s most polluted city, Mumbai’s forever-potted roads, and the …

Northeast Ohio Long-Term Planning Aims to Reverse Legacy of Car-Centric Planning

Steven Litt reports: "Northeast Ohio's top transportation planning agency is preparing a new, 20-year vision for the region that will focus on …

How 10 U.S. Cities Use Public Transit

More than a fifth of U.S. city-dwellers use public transit on a regular basis, according to a recently released survey conducted by the Pew Research …

Design Philosophy Driving Breakthrough Innovation

There are processes, methods and tools that make our ability to create predictable, reliable and repeatable. However, when breakthrough innovation is called for, might an appropriate design philosophy be more useful?<p>Chris Bangle Associates continues to frame and solve design and innovation …

People-focused urban planning is key to sustainable future, Pritzker Prize winning architect says at UN

“We are living in an urban age – which is in principle great news, because cities hold the prospect of greater opportunity, education and jobs – but …

Sustainable Development Goals

Building Highways Through US Cities Was A Huge Mistake -- But It Can Be Fixed

The US interstate highway system was once a marvel of modern engineering, allowing the movement of goods and ideas that ushered in an era of …

Meet The Architect Who Is Radically Rethinking How We Age

Matthias Hollwich wants to upend the way we think about getting old, starting with the design of our homes and cities.<p>Matthias Hollwich, the 44-year-old partner of the New York-based architecture firm HWKN, considers himself old. Technically, he’s right.<p>The architect–whose projects with partner …