Why Did Copenhagen’s Biking Rate Surge in One Year?

Copenhagen is famous for being a city where a lot of people bike. But for years the bike commuting rate has remained roughly steady at just over a third of trips. Then last year the city’s bike commute mode share increased from 36 percent to 41 percent. Meanwhile, driving declined 3 percent as a share … Continue reading

How are we going to plan the cities of the future?

With the Sustainable Development Goals under discussion and Habitat III on the horizon, we are arriving at a pivotal moment for the future of cities. As that most ubiquitous of statistics tells us, more than half of us globally now live in urban areas. This figure is projected to increase to 70% by 2050. And … Continue reading

10 of the Most Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Cities Across the Globe

This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today. One chapter in the report focuses specifically on city solutions, and … Continue reading

The New American Dream Is Living in a City, Not Owning a House in the Suburbs

The latest housing numbers reflect an uptick in Americans abandoning their white-picket fences and two-car garages for a sky-high abode with a downtown view, but the question is how long the shift away from suburbia will last. In June 2002, several years before the peak of the housing boom, President George W. Bush famously proclaimed … Continue reading

CHECK OUT OUR NEW ONLINE TEACHING FORMAT

. As of this coming 2014-15 edition, the Master in Urbanism “Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes” at ESARQ-UIC is offering a new format adapted to the current needs of professionals of the field which wish to combine their academic learning with their professional work. The format includes online theoretical classes and a two month hands-on workshop in … Continue reading

optimizing the street grid

Some people love it, some people hate it. But you have to admire its simplicity, and it certainly does have some merit; It is incredibly easy to plan out and survey (everything is an aligned rectangle.) It is highly connected (there are no dead ends.) It is very hard to get lost in (especially if … Continue reading

Espai Germanetes: Activating Vacant Space in the Middle of Barcelona

The Eixample Esquerre is, in terms of form and function, a patterned and monotone district of Barcelona. Solid blocks and long streets of asphalt are framing the urban grid of this part of the city which shapes the usual landscape of the Catalan capital. The excitement of finding a block that breaks this constant rhythm … Continue reading

NEW LIVE INFORMATIVE SESSION (On-line)

Due to all requests for informations and doubts about our master and postgraduate degree in urbanism, next June 11  4:00pm (GMT+2), we’ve arranged another live (on-line) informative session for explaining the Master Degree in Urbanism ‘Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes (RIL).We will also introduce the new RIL’s Online Postgraduate Degree. The Online Postgraduate Degree is based on … Continue reading

World Class Streets Have More Pedestrians, Fewer Cars.

Danish Architect/Planner Jan Gehl and Janette Sadik-Khan of the NY DOT recently prepared a report for New York City called “World Class Streets” (PDF here). It suggests that “a vastly disproportionate amount of space is allocated to parking cars than to public seating spaces.” For example, Main Street in Flushing squeezes twice as many pedestrians … Continue reading

A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care

Sprawl may not be a four-letter word, but to many people it might as well be. You can include in that group the researchers at Smart Growth America, the national nonprofit coalition that advocates for “smart” development in U.S. metro areas—i.e., cities and towns with neighborhoods where people can walk or bike or use mass … Continue reading