Last year the UN General Assembly issued a resolution to “designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day.” A legacy of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, the first World Cities day is being hosted today in Shanghai, with the aim of focusing on global urbanization and encouraging cooperation among countries to solve and promote sustainable urban development worldwide.
“In a world where already over half the population lives in urban areas, the human future is largely an urban future, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the importance of World Cities Day. “We must get urbanization right, which means reducing greenhouse emissions, strengthening resilience, ensuring basic services such as water and sanitation and designing safe public streets and spaces for all to share. Liveable cities are crucial not only for city-dwellers but also for providing solutions to some of the key aspects of sustainable development.”
To celebrate World Cities day, we’ve rounded up 23 articles that you can’t miss on critical issues relating to our cities, ranging from sustainability to addressing equality and creative solutions for integrating cycling into our cities.
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Eco-friendly, sustainable and green building are all buzzwords that we hear over and over again. But what drives sustainability? What responsibility do architects have? And, how can we think differently about materials? Check out these three features below that each seek to address one of these questions.
The LEED ratings system and whether or not it is effective in encouraging sustainable building is also central to the green building discussion. Check out these two stories on when LEED works – and when it doesn’t.
What does the future of biking in the city look like? How can bikes, pedestrians and cars coexist peacefully? From elevated cycle tracks to protected bike lanes, check out some of the solutions currently under discussion.
“Smart City” is another big urbanism buzzword, but what exactly does it mean? And who will design our smart cities?
How do we design our cities to be inclusive? These four articles looks at how cities are addressing poverty and inequality as well as innovative solutions for social housing.
As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies, China is undertaking huge urbanization projects and new cities are sprouting up across the country. Check out these three articles for three different perspectives on Chinese urbanism.
Lessons to be Learned
Lastly, we’ve also rounded up a couple of case studies on successful city initiatives, including 10 ways to transform cities through placemaking and public spaces and 10 lessons to be learned from Singapore. Make sure you also watch Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett's TED Talk with on how the most obese city in America lost a collective million pounds.