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Paris, France Plans to Be the World's Biking Capital by 2020

Biking Support in Paris

From now until 2020, the trips made on bikes in the capital could triple. Paris could even become “the biking world capital.” It’s what everyone hopes. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to improve and review many things. However, one of the priorities remaining is to increase the number of bike lanes.[read more]

The Perfect High Street

May 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

High Streets and Design

How do you create and maintain a thriving high street in this era of increasing online shopping? This was one of the questions that Monocle asked at its recent Quality of Life Conference in Lisbon, along with an interesting video with its recommendations.[read more]

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

Meet Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank

May 15, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urbanism and architecture

Meet Alfredo Brillembourg, a Venezuelan architect and founder of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), “.. an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design in contemporary architecture and urbanism”. "We are focused on housing, from our Empower Shack project in South Africa to the Open Village research and design studio at ETH Zürich."[read more]

Is the Low-Carbon Economy a Business Opportunity, Moral Mandate, or Both?

May 15, 2015 by GBIG Insight

An increasing number of corporations, financial institutions, and foundations are making headlines with bold initiatives focused on mitigating climate change via real estate and infrastructure investments. Is this just about doing the right thing? I would argue that it is about much more than that.[read more]

A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

The Fight Begins for Sidewalks in Sao Paolo

Sao Paulo needs sidewalks

For a long time São Paulo, Brazil has suffered from a lack of quality sidewalks. However, the achievement of ciclovias (cycle lanes) in the city has begun to generate a broader discussion about active mobility. Thus the Association for Mobility on Foot in São Paulo was born.[read more]

The Hawaiian Resort Serving Fresh Food From Its Own Hydroponics Garden

Hawaii and Local Food Innovation

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in the state of Hawaii has all the amenities you would expect at a Hawaiian resort: a golf course, a pool, scenic ocean views. But there is also one amenity you wouldn’t expect— a working hydroponic garden which grows the food they serve.[read more]

Do Freeways Belong Inside Cities?

May 14, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Freeways and Cities

About a week and a half ago I was in Dallas for a conference. My first freeway experience in the city was in a taxi that was stuck in traffic for over an hour on some highway in between DFW Airport and downtown where the conference hotel was.[read more]