FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
‘How Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First’
Authored by Tuğçe Üzümoğlu
Motorized vehicle emissions are a primary cause of air pollution and in turn lead to some of the most adverse impacts on public health. In response, pedestrianization projects in cities worldwide are demonstrating that transforming streets into walkable environments can generate a range of benefits—from higher levels of physical activity to greater economic activity. Istanbul, for example, has been a leader for pedestrianized communities and is demonstrating that making streets about people—not cars—can produce concrete benefits for all.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Density: Drivers, Dividends and Debates’
Published by Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Density: Drivers, Dividends and Debates makes the case for investing in density and offers an agenda for advocacy, demonstration, and public education on density issues. This report is the first piece of work in ULI’s new density initiative, which seeks to increase knowledge of density in the real estate industry and beyond; address the potential social, economic, and environmental benefits of investing in density; and devise strategies to make density a priority for the public sector. The report argues that well managed and well serviced densification is the best strategy for contending with growing populations in cities. It maintains that dense cities minimize energy consumption and environmental impact while fostering productivity and innovation, and supporting liveability, through better connectivity, amenities, open spaces and social interaction.
Download your copy here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘Mumbai: Maximum City under Pressure’
Created by Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)
“Mumbai: Maximum City under Pressure” examines the critical issues impacting on sustainable development in the megacity of Mumbai, and what can be learnt from the economically and socially vibrant villages of informal neighborhoods that make up the city.
This film was created in the context of the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction held in Mumbai and features keynote speakers and workshop leaders of the event: David Chipperfield (UK), Prasad Shetty (India), Pierre Bélanger (USA), Alfredo Brillembourg (Brazil), Sanjay Prakash (India), Mohsen Mostafavi (USA), Geeta Mehta (USA), Michael Sorkin (USA), Alejandro Aravena (Chile) and Jose Castillo (Mexico).
The film was produced by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of U-TT, a multi-disciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research, design and films on a variety of subjects such as contemporary architecture and urbanism. They are jointly Chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.