7 principles for building better cities


Peter Calthorpe, TED, April 2017

At the same time that we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for three billion people. That’s a doubling of the urban environment. If we don’t get that right, I’m not sure all the climate solutions in the world will save mankind, because so much depends on how we shape our cities: not just environmental impacts, but our social well-being, our economic vitality, our sense of community and connectedness.

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The Create Streets Community Guide to Creating Happy, Healthy Places


Create Streets

In our study, Heart in the Right Street, we have researched the links between built form with happiness and physical and mental health. The list below is an attempt to summarise the sociological data for maximising wellbeing for the greatest number in the modern city or town …

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4 ways to make a city more walkable


Jeff Speck, TED, October 2013

If you’re going to get them to walk, then you have to offer a walk that’s as good as a drive or better. What does that mean? It means you need to offer four things simultaneously: there needs to be a proper reason to walk, the walk has to be safe and feel safe, the walk has to be comfortable and the walk has to be interesting. You need to do all four of these things simultaneously, and that’s the structure of my talk today, to take you through each of those.

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