Urban Diary – Interesting reads

This post is a continuation of our Urban Diary blog series where we compile interesting reads and discussions from around the world on urban issues.

Kolkata Tries to Reduce Traffic in the Worst Possible Way

City officials recently decided to prohibit people from using bicycles on nearly 200 streets in central Kolkata during the day.

The open defecation challenge in India

WHO and UNICEF estimate that there are more than 620 mn people practising open defecation in India, or half the population.

Beyond the City Limits: Report Finds Rapid Suburban Growth in India, Potential for Sustainable Cities to Reduce Poverty

A new World Bank report on urban growth in India, launched recently in New Delhi, shows India’s urban areas growing much faster than expected, adding 90 million new residents in the last 10 years. By 2030, its cities are projected to be home to another 250 million people.

A Short History of the Highrise

“A Short History of the Highrise” is an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. The centerpiece of the project is four short films. Each film is intended to evoke a chapter in a storybook, with rhyming narration and photographs brought to life with intricate animation.

How do bike-sharing schemes shape cities?

Bike-sharing has its origins in 1960s when 50 “free bikes” were scattered around Amsterdam, but after this slow start bike-sharing has blossomed. Over the past decade the number of schemes has increased tenfold. Bike-sharing ventures now exist in more than 500 cities, from Dubai to Hawaii.

Tackling climate change: Copenhagen’s sustainable city design

Global warming poses a real threat to cities but planners in the Danish capital are taking visionary steps to ensure its resilience – and success – as far ahead as 2100

Urban Transportation: Stockholm’s Marvelous Mix of Transit Modes

Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden, is a beautiful and well planned city and known for its setting among island waterways. What makes Stockholm’s transit system so good is its intermodal functionality, that is, the ease with which its riders can switch from a subway to a tram or commuter train, using the same fare card and with little walking or waiting.