Urban And Environmental Planning

By Matt Cullinan | MCA Urban and Environmental Planners

SDG 12 Review at HLPF Calls for Circular Economies, Sustainable Lifestyles

Day 5 of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) included a review of global progress towards achieving SDG 12 on …

Sustainability

Four Lessons Psychology Teaches Us about Inspiring Climate Action

There’s the old line that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it. But when it comes to climate change, what happens when …

Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the …

Urban Parks Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change

Share46<p>Tweet29<p>Email<p>Share<p>75 Shares<p>By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons<p>December 12, 2017; Next City<p>In …

A Close Look at the Gehl Institute's Free Toolkit for City Planning

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Gehl Institute’s Toolkit for the Creation of Great Urban Spaces."</i><p>Jane Jacobs was …

Five lessons for cities from a decade of Centre for Cities research

The view of Vancouver from Locarno Beach Park. Image: Getty.<p>With the government potentially facing years of “trench warfare” in Parliament, and …

National urban policies are about seeing cities as core to the collective good

When it comes to the age-old negotiation between local and national governments, African Centre for Cities co-founder <b>Susan Parnell</b> sees two …

From car-oriented thoroughfare to community center

<i>Note: This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book</i> Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal …

When Density Isn't Greener

A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about urban and suburban development.<p>Sprawl is not sustainable. That’s the basic assumption shaping high-rises, infill developments, and master plans in cities around the world—not to mention a guiding principle of this publication.<p>But a new …

Parking isn't as important for restaurants as the owners think it is

Car parking matters to Australian business. Restaurateurs in Australian cities often resist parking management regimes and push local government to …

Customers

Seminar series: Governing Complex City-Regions

• GCRO<br>• Date of publication: 30 November 2017<p>The GCRO is currently hosting (October and November 2017) a series of seminar-based discussions on the …

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

Water is likely to become scarcer in northern and south west Africa. This is partly due to changes in weather patterns. In addition populations are …

Water

China is building 30 "sponge cities" to soften the blow of climate change

Sponge Cities<p>China is taking the repercussions of climate change seriously. One consequence of our warming world is increasingly frequent and more …

Urbanization Is Now One of the Most Dominant Forces of Evolution

When humans settled into larger villages and towns some 12,000 years ago along with the advance of agriculture, wildlife took advantage. Those …

Ecology

Pilot projects show how to fill gaps in services

Without adequate access to energy, water, proper sanitation and waste management services, people living in cities will be exposed to serious social, …

Smart Cities

Reinventing development regulations

Every community across the land can and should revise their zoning and subdivision regulations — a move that will build sustainability and …

Inclusionary Housing in the United States

Inclusionary housing refers to any programs or policies that require or incentivize the creation of affordable housing when new development occurs, …

Freeing up the huge areas set aside for parking can transform our cities

Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, …

PLACE

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Sparking a national conversation about cities

MENDOZA, Argentina — The city leaders had come from all across Argentina, from icy Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to subtropical Puerto …

Jan Gehl: “In The Last 50 Years, Architects Have Forgotten What a Good Human Scale Is”

<i>This interview was initially published in Spanish by City Manager as “Jan Gehl, ciudades para la gente.”</i><p>Jah Gehl is recognized as a follower of Jane …

Once So Chic and Swooshy, Freeways Are Falling Out of Favor

BUFFALO — The Scajaquada Corridor is a city dweller’s dreamland, a culture-vulture Valhalla. Within two miles there is a restored Frank Lloyd Wright house you can visit, an art museum with Picassos and Gauguins, three college campuses, a zoo and a history museum in a majestic Greek Revival building …

Housing affordability: A supply-side tool kit for cities

Global housing stock has not expanded quickly enough to keep up with a surge in demand, but cities can focus on three supply-side solutions to make …

PLACE

Careful procurement can be a linchpin for public-private collaboration toward sustainable cities

What makes a great city? With 5 billion people and 60 percent of the world’s population expected to be living in cities by 2030, city leaders face …

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Researchers Calculate the Healthiest City Density

Pedestrians near St. Paul's Cathedral in London (Photo by Dave Reed) Despite the image of clean air, green backyards and fresh food often associated …

New case study library showcases world-leading city solutions

C40 is pleased to launch a new Case Study Library – making it easier than ever for city officials, researchers, and urban stakeholders to explore the …

We need to ‘municipalize’ our discussions on ensuring decent work

“Gated communities are a sign of bad urbanization,” UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos is fond of saying, referring to well-off communities that …