Walking is one of the most recommended physical activities by doctors, especially for those who do not engage in much exercise. However, doing so in the summer on the streets of cities, especially in their central areas, can be a dangerous task for certain groups. Who hasn't suddenly felt the effects of a heatstroke? The heat in cities is not only present in their central … [Read more...] about How to identify heat islands in cities? Discover URSA, the new intelligent software from the IDB
Latin America and the Caribbean is the second most urbanized region on the planet, with 8 out of 10 people living in cities. Between 1950 and 2014, the region was urbanized at an unprecedented rate, its urban population increased from 50 to 80 percent (as a percentage of the total); a figure that is expected to reach 86 percent in 2050. Moreover, regional economic growth was mainly developed in medium-sized cities, which are expanding exponentially. How to accompany the growth of these cities? Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
The way our cities are designed and planned significantly impacts our quality of life. Whether we are aware of it or not, factors such as commute time, access to parks and green areas, availability of schools, and pedestrian zones all contribute to our well-being. So, why not leverage all available means to enhance our cities? At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we … [Read more...] about URSA: A Tool to Guide Urban Planning with Satellite Data
When we talk about artificial intelligence, we often think of it as a revolutionary and novel concept that has just arrived in our lives. However, this term was first used almost seventy years ago, in 1955 to be more precise, by John McCarthy in a workshop at Dartmouth University in the United States. Nevertheless, it is in the last decade that we have witnessed a true … [Read more...] about Monitoring the city with drones: Artificial Intelligence in environmental management
On the occasion of World Cities Day, celebrated on October 31st, we want to shed light on a relatively lesser-known and explored facet of urban life in the region: Amazonian cities. While the Amazon is renowned as the world's largest rainforest, it's often overlooked that it's also home to a highly urbanized population. The majority of its people reside in towns, settlements, … [Read more...] about 2023 World Cities Day: the Amazonian Cities Forum and its role in the sustainable development of the region
In urban planning, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a type of urban development that maximizes the amount of residential, commercial, and recreational space within walking distance of public transportation. In doing so, TOD promotes the use of public transportation and discourages the use of private automobiles, promoting sustainable urban growth. How to distinguish a … [Read more...] about How to finance a Transit-Oriented Development?