A key challenge in this new Human Age is to lessen the ecological footprint of the world’s cities, even as their populations expand. The Anthropocene tells the stories about resilient urban coastal infrastructure, low carbon transportation systems, and nature-inspired architectural designs.
On multiple environmental measures, “peecycling” almost always comes out ahead
But clever new financing instruments come with their own risks
Identify a handful of adjacent city blocks, restrict traffic to the perimeter, and make the interior for walking, biking, and green space. A new study finds it could work even in cities with an irregular street grid.
Researchers dig into the efficacy of urban agriculture
A first-of-its-kind meta-analysis of urban farms in 53 countries suggests that city plots can produce up to 4 times more food than conventional ones.
Wooden structures that store more carbon than is emitted in their construction point to a flaw in green building schemes
Managed collectively, backyards could become more biodiverse landscapes
Living walls on building facades could reduce heat loss to a similar degree as adding insulation
Cities can reduce the number of cars downtown by up to one-third through a series of carefully designed, layered policies, according to a new study.
Deprived of a source of free garbage bags, people simply buy them.