Walking through the park with leafy trees is one of the most pleasant sensations someone can enjoy when wandering around a city. Behind this feeling of well-being, there is not just perception but also science. It is proven that green spaces generate multiple benefits that improve our overall wellbeing. On the celebration of World Tree Day (established in 1969 by … [Read more...] about Six reasons to nurture urban parks
Wood has been one of the most used building materials since the beginning of history. Although the use of steel, concrete or iron has brought significant advances to construction, wood has never lost its popularity. In fact, the number of wooden buildings around the world may surprise many readers. Did you know that countries such as Japan, Scotland or the United States are … [Read more...] about Wood as a housing construction material: what are its benefits?
Using the bicycle, instead of motorized vehicles, to move around our cities is becoming more and more popular around the world. The health restrictions of the pandemic were, in many cases, the main incentive for some us to discover the benefits of this vehicle. Nevertheless, at the moment, the increase in fuel prices, as a result of the war in Ukraine, is making of cycling … [Read more...] about Cities on pedals: The IDB Group’s commitment to cycling infrastructure
The cities of our region are called to play a key role in the fight against climate change and achieve the Paris Agreements and COP26 goals. As we mentioned in the first blog of this series, the Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) is one of the best tools through which the municipalities of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) can adapt and mitigate the climate crisis in line … [Read more...] about Urban Green Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean: the case of San Salvador
Cities and Resilience to Climate Change Did you know that, even though cities represent less than 3% of the habitable surface of the planet, they account for 75% of global CO2 emissions? Although this may seem like a problem, it is actually a great opportunity, since cities, in addition to being the economic and social engine of our region, are called to lead the fight … [Read more...] about Urban Green Infrastructure: a solution to climate challenges