Curitiba, Brazil: the world’s first sustainable city

Although there’s a lot of talk about cities that are sustainable, green and built for people, you’ve probably never heard much about the city of Curitiba, the capital of the Parana province in Brazil and the eighth most populous city in the country. Curitiba may not be in the news as much as other cities …

The United Smart Cities Project

The United Smart Cities Project is a global initiative started by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in cooperation with several high level and expert project partners. The main objectives encompass promoting sustainable development in cities at a global level, supporting cities in transition and developing countries to create smarter and more sustainable urban solutions. In …

The decline of car ownership in cities

Los Angeles is a great place to observe the reduction in car ownership, even though it is known for its unreliable public transport and its unstoppable sprawl. Many residents have started relying on other forms of transportation, from bikes to ridesharing services, and the movement is starting to reshape the city. In LA, traffic is the biggest …

Autonomous vehicles and their impact on the city

Owning a car used to be a status symbol or an expression of personal identity, but younger generations today are much less interested in cars. They see mobility as a service, and themselves as its users. And as cars are becoming less popular, so is the act of driving. There are more and more attempts …

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7 cities compete to design the city of the future

Seven American cities spent 6 months competing for a $40 million prize from the US Department of Transportation. The challenge was designing the city of the future by juggling three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality.  Here are the cities and their proposals: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Problem: High density of vehicles which leads …

Helsinki wants to eliminate the need for private car ownership

In an effort to capitalize on current urban transportation trends and mobile technology, Helsinki takes on the challenge of eliminating the need for private car ownership by 2025. Here’s how they plan to do it. The main idea is to combine public and private transport providers in such a way that ensures maximum flexibility and …

Why buses represent democracy in action

In this inspiring TED Talk, Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá from 1998 until 2001 and re-elected for a new term in 2015, argues that “an advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport.” He is talking about equality for the quality of life, especially for …

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Santiago to introduce (mostly) solar and wind powered subway

Santiago’s subway system takes the leap towards green energy. Boasting 5 lines and over 100 stations, the subway system in Santiago, Chile is one of the largest in Latin America. Soon, it will have another claim to fame as it moves forward into the green energy future. Starting from late 2017, 60% of Metro de …

Ford’s Mobility Revolution

Ford is set to lead the mobility revolution by redesigning its own business model to focus on delivering autonomous vehicles and high-tech customer service. At the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Ford announced its business plan to expand the automotive company to become an auto and mobility company. The steady expansion of cities also brings a …

Cycling Safely: Volvo Lifepaint

Volvo responds to cyclists’ safety concerns by releasing the Volvo Lifepaint. As cycling rises in popularity as a means of transport in big cities, so too do the accidents which involve bike commuters. Sharing the roads between drivers, cyclists and even pedestrians is a daunting challenge. It is made even more daunting during improper conditions such …