Future cities will need a near-zero-carbon footprint, an end to dependence on fossil fuels and an ability to manage weather extremes while finding ways to lift up already vulnerable and marginalized groups. To envision these cities of the future, we have to demand more of our collective imagination.
Our blog series, Urban Transformations, spotlights finalists for the inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a global competition for exemplary projects that have ignited citywide change. The winner, selected from nearly 200 submissions from around the world, will be announced April 10, 2019 in New York City. For more information, visit wrirossprize.org.
Urban adaptation should incorporate climate risks into planning, work with vulnerable communities and focus on nature-based solution.
On September 17, 2019, the Coalition for Urban Transitions will host a press call to preview its new report, which finds significant economic, social and environmental benefits for national governments that take a lead in investing in and supporting zero-carbon cities.
Projects like Barcelona's "superblocks" and Atlanta's Beltline are showing cities how to adapt to growing environmental and economic pressures.
Positive change is happening in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living and traffic jams. Projects from Dar es Salaam, Medellín, Pune and more provide inspiration.
Some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania see more than a dozen of their students injured or killed in road crashes every year. Traffic engineer Ayikai Charlotte Poswayo wants to change that.
Durban's Warwick Junction was once a dangerous marketplace slated for demolition. Today, nearly half a million shoppers pass through its colorful stalls every day, thanks to a collaborative effort from street vendors, local authorities and a non-profit.
More than a dozen students are killed or injured in road crashes every year at some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One project is helping kids get to school safely simply by making small changes to city street designs.
In just two decades, Eskişehir went from a polluted and crumbling post-industrial city to a bustling model of sustainability. The Eskişehir Urban Development Project established a network of green spaces and accessible streets, all linked by a new electric tram.
Pune's waste pickers used to be treated much like the garbage they collected. India's first worker-owned waste-pickers' cooperative elevated their status while cleaning up Pune's mountains of trash.
Medellin used to be the murder capital of the world. Today, new businesses, plazas, libraries and schools can be seen throughout the city's hillside neighborhoods. An aerial tram system is at the heart of Medellin's transformation.
From a waste-pickers’ cooperative in India to a cable-car system in Colombia's slums, we're beginning to see what innovative urbanization can look like.