Because the everyday carnage on our highways isn't news, we fail to recognize driving as the riskiest thing we do on a regular basis. Our obsession with novelty clouds our ability to make wise decisions about transportation and everything else.
When indifference rules in the design of public transportation and pedestrian infrastructure, the result is often a nuisance. For Raquel Nelson's son, it was lethal — a tragedy born of an unconscionable oversight.
Sometimes an afterthought is worse than no thought at all, especially when it comes to designing cities for people instead of cars. A rumination on thin sidewalks and the hidden meaning of the phrase 'some kind of vegetable.'
It was supposed to be Carmageddon in L.A., but instead the two-day closure of the busiest freeway in Los Angeles reiterated a timeless lesson about cars: We lose less than we think when we make them a lower priority in our cities.
This week, Al Gore announced a new venture — the Climate Reality Project — which he claims will push public interest past the tipping point toward serious action. But what if the answer to indifference isn't more and better facts?
From architecture to fashion design, Germany has become a sustainability pioneer in business sectors well beyond energy production. Along the way, its young innovators have discovered a wellspring of innovation in the design challenges of going green
The German port city of Hamburg had a fading harbor and a declining downtown population base. The solution to both problems? HafenCity — a massive, magnificent model of mixed-use, low-emissions urban living.
Germany has spent the last 5 years making solar power a mainstream business. It is poised to spend the next 10 years doing the same for offshore wind — and shuttering its nuclear industry forever in the process.