FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
‘What Cities Could Do to Make People Use Alternative Transport More’
Authored by Maxwell Young
Here is a compendium article based on entries from an open submission call for what cities could do to make alternate modes of transportation more realistic options for more people. Compiled from more than 125 responses from 26 countries, the submissions have been categorized under 10 themes. Although every city faces different transportation challenges, this article lays out examples of successful urban strategies that can offer useful lessons.
Read the whole piece here.
Published by 100 Resilient Cities.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape : Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth’
Published by World Bank Group
‘Urbanization is transforming the developing world. However, understanding the pace, scale, and form of urbanization has been limited by a lack of consistent data. East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape aims to address this problem by using satellite imagery and other data to measure urban expansion across the East Asia and Pacific region between 2000 and 2010. Illustrated with maps and charts, it presents trends in urban expansion and population growth in more than 850 urban areas — by country, urban area, income group, and city size categories. It discusses findings related to increasing urban population densities across the region and quantifies the administrative fragmentation of urban areas that cross local boundaries.
The book discusses implications of the research and outlines potential policy options for governments that can help maximize the benefits of urban growth. These policy options include strategically acquiring land to prepare for future urban expansion; creating national urbanization policies that address the growth of the entire system of cities at once in order to support economically efficient urbanization; investing in small and medium urban areas; ensuring spatial access to the poor in order to make urban growth more inclusive; maximizing the benefits to the environment of existing urban density through location, coordination, and design of density; and creating mechanisms to support interjurisdictional cooperation across metropolitan areas.
Leaders and policy makers at the national, provincial, and city levels who want to understand how trends in their cities compare with others in East Asia, as well as researchers and students interested in the transformative phenomenon of urbanization in the developing world, will find this book an invaluable resource.’
Download your copy here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
By Andreas Dalsgaard
Bogotá Change is the unique and surprising story of two mayors, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa, who have changed behaviour patterns in the Colombian capital, bringing Bogotá out of a negative spiral of violence and chaos and remaking it as something of a visionary role model for other megacities.