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Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]

Expo's Gate is Full of Programs But Architecture Fails to Impress Milan

April 18, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Expo's Gate and Architecture

“Expo Gate: Milan’s Gateway to the Expo” is the slogan you can find on the Expo 2015 webpage describing the exhibition’s entryway. The structure is located in Via Beltrami, in the city center of Milan, in front of the Castello Sforzesco. It connects the castle, the center of the 1906 Universal Exhibition, and Via Dante.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

Four Lessons from Beijing and Shanghai Show how China's Cities can Curb Car Congestion

China Congestion Management

As China’s GDP has grown, so has the number of cars on its roads. From 2008 to 2010, the country’s vehicle ownership almost doubled. This growth in car ownership not only means that the auto industry will continue booming, it also means more air pollution, energy consumption and traffic crashes.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

10 Powerful Policies to Successful Smart Mobility

April 13, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Smart Urban Mobility

In transport, we have seen a shift in the thinking during the past 20 years on how to provide the infrastructure required to support our mobility needs. Which three nations are recognized as world leaders in smart mobility and what can other countries learn from their remarkable journeys and experiences?[read more]

Could Université Laval's Course Schedules Be Causing Quebec's Traffic Woes?

April 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic Patterns in Quebec

By starting its classes a half hour later, the Université Laval could reduce a lot of traffic in the capital, suggests a young architect. The question was raised during the Québec 2050 event, which gathered agents of the real estate sector around the future of the capital.[read more]

Johannesburg: Why Gated Communities Threaten Democratic Cities

April 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gated Communities and Urban Inequality

Recently I tried to drive through a gated section of Westcliff, an affluent suburb in Johannesburg, to avoid traffic, only to be stopped by the guard and informed that I was not permitted to go through. I insisted that I had every right to enter, since it was a public road. The guard was not convinced.[read more]

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space

April 9, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Open Spaces and City Growth

Smart growth emerged as a way to save nature and preserve open space. Draw a growth boundary and on one side is human development, nature on the other. Natural lands seemed too threatened by the growth of roads, subdivisions and roadside businesses to let it go on forever. Of course, it has gone on anyway.[read more]

Urban Edges, and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

April 8, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Cities, Borders, and Spaces

I doubt that before today, any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy, to explain the particular wonder of certain city street-ends. The term, 'finibus terrae,' meant one end of the Earth to the Romans; the edge of the known extent of the land.[read more]

The Eight Principles of the Sidewalk: Building More Active Cities

Rules of Walkable Sidewalks

Walking is the most democratic way to get around. It is the oldest mode of transport. It’s free, and it may even help you burn a few calories. But people are walking less, and cities have become sprawled, highways have replaced sidewalks, and significant obstacles to walking safely have been created.[read more]

What is a Boulevard?: Street Design and Purpose

Streets and Naming

When you hear the word boulevard what picture comes to mind? In some cities where I have lived, the word is associated with a wider-than usual street that accommodates not only motor vehicles but includes bike lanes, walkways and communal green spaces as well.[read more]