Urban And Environmental Planning

By Matt Cullinan | MCA Urban and Environmental Planners

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 …

Climate

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, …

University of Cape Town

Reinventing development regulations

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

Cities

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, …

Housing

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, …

Urban Design

Five keys to a healthy and liveable city

The world’s cities today are facing multiple challenges, from exposure to climate change to concerns about social segregation to deepening health …

Cities

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 …

Cities

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 …

Cities

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 …

Urban Design

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 …

Housing

‘Urban-rural continuum’ essential to achieving New Urban Agenda

Urban and rural areas are often seen as opposites, tied together only by how different one is from the other.<p>But a recent report from UN-Habitat …

Cities

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 …

Cities

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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 …

Cities

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 …

Cities

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 …

Brazil

South Africa needs to revamp its new public transport system

Over the past eight years the South African government has spent more than 130 billion rand on public transport projects in the country’s main …

Cities

This is how stations can be at the heart of urban housing supply

Publication of the mayor of London’s revised Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration has been suspiciously delayed after Jeremy Corbyn backed …

Housing

These squares are our squares: be angry about the privatisation of public space

Public space is a right not a privilege; yet Britain is in the midst of the biggest sell-off of common space since the enclosures of the 17th and 18th century<p>Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London<p>The public spaces of London, the collective assets of the city’s citizens, are …

Urbanism

Inner-city living makes for healthier, happier people, study finds

Residents of higher-density areas are more active, more socially engaged – and less obese – than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia<p>Contrary to popular belief, busy city centres beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socialising and walking make for happier, healthier …

Cities

We need to bring ‘agility’ to city planning and development

With two-thirds of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, increasing to 70 percent by 2060, cities are in the global …

Cities

Why Africa needs to modernize its urban laws — and how it can do so

A key tool for African cities dealing with complexities such as informal settlements or tight restrictions on land ownership will be updating the …

Cities

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard<p>They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has …

Cities

101 ways to improve transportation in your city

These small things can make a big impact<p>Whether you live in the farthest suburb or in the heart of downtown, how you move around your city shapes …

What is a National Urban Policy?

In most of the world’s countries, especially in Africa and Asia, cities are growing fast. People and capital are rapidly flowing into urban centres …

Complex Adaptive Cities

Complex adaptive systems are hard to understand. Messy and complicated, they cannot be broken down into smaller bits. It would be easier to ignore …

Cities

How can compact cities keep house prices under control?

In 1860, George Francis Train, an eccentric American rail magnate who seemed to be in the grip of some form of some form of nominative determinism, …

Why do people respond better to some places than others?

For the last few years, one of the big ideas in the world of urbanism has been ‘agglomeration’: the theory that, when it comes to city economics, …