Sustainalytics and their sustainability vision

Sustainalytics is a global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Governance research and ratings. The investment industry is witnessing a revolution as the demand for the sector to take more responsibility for climate change and other systemic threats posed to our planet increases. Consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks is …

The Macau Cube Mural

The city of Macau received the 2013 Guiness World Record award for the World’s Largest Cube Mosaic. Toronto-based artists from the Cube Works Studio incorporated a pixel-art style to create a mosaic inspired by childhood classics. The mural includes images of the Chinese city of Macau and the city’s skyline, measuring a phenomenal 13×200 feet. 85,794 pieces were arranged with each …

Creative crosswalks from around the world

A city must be creative, innovative, friendly to its residents and open for newcomers in order to make certain its populace is happy. Urban art is a way by which artists who live in or have a passion for city life express themselves, infusing city culture, traditional artistic styles, modern graffiti techniques, pop culture, and more into their artwork. In that …

Bringing tech & innovation into waste management

Waste management is becoming a global issue, with major urban metropolises requiring more effective waste collection and processing services. In the United States alone, 230 million tons of garbage are produced annually, equaling 4.6 pounds of waste per person daily. Managing municipal solid waste (MSW) efficiently and adequately is essential for any community, and it …

Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure

‘Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure’ is a report focused on  the role of green infrastructure in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. The report was the product of a collaboration between the Landscape Architecture and Foresight & Research & Innovation teams at Arup and has involved a wide range of specialists. In the …

Vancouver: a renewable city

Vancouver’s goal for 2050 is to get 100% of its energy from renewable sources. They have a 35-year ambitious and achievable Renewable City Strategy. “We can accelerate change by being a leader in the use of renewable energy in our operations” say experts from the city of Vancouver.  Achieving the targets in the Greenest City Action Plan …

How to keep cities moving

Heavy traffic, long commutes, and environmental concerns – especially air pollution – are giving US city dwellers good reasons to consider alternative modes of transportation. In this article, we look at the forces that are reshaping urban mobility, and we consider how these forces are playing out in different types of cities. We conclude with a …

How to solve traffic jams

How do we solve traffic jams? Road congestion is an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. On the one side we have three typologies of cities: European …

A simple idea to help the homeless, in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is celebrating the one year anniversary of the city’s successful “There’s a Better Way” program, which hires panhandlers to work in maintenance jobs and also aims to connect them with services. Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: …

Bringing the city back to life

Talented street artist Patrick Commecy, together with his team, creates huge murals of hyper-realistic facades that bring blank and boring city walls to life.   What’s interesting here is that while these realistic yet fake facades trick you at first glance, some of the people painted there were once real. His hyperrealistic painted-on windows, balconies …