Past Projects

NewCities has helped shape the urban narrative since 2010. Browse through an archive of our past work, press, and network of contributors. 

Next Optimized Generation Autonomous Suburbs

Aug 19, 2022

Virtual Learning Series | In partnership with the Toyota Mobility Foundation Next Optimized Generation Autonomous Suburbs Today, suburban areas are home to an ever-increasing majority of the global population. Trends indicate that growth within greater metropolitan areas now outpaces that in urban cores and will continue to do so into the future. As areas of…

Transitioning Cities: Achieving a Net-Zero Future for All

May 08, 2022

The urgent need for our transition to a net-zero economy puts cities on the front lines of physical and systemic transformation. Cities produce more than half of the world’s emissions: reducing these emissions would have a significant impact on the fight against climate change. But as a new report from McKinsey Global Institute shows, reaching net-zero emissions isn’t easy and will require enormous economic and societal adjustments. What will this transition to net-zero look like, and who is paying for it?

Mexico Redefines the Right to Safe Mobility

Feb 23, 2022

Establishing a national right to safe mobility grounded on sustainability and social justice principles By Claudio Sarmiento-Casas At 28 years old, Emmanuel Vara worked as the director of mobility for the fifth largest city in Mexico. His appointment in such a key position of his city’s local government was not undeserved, having previously worked in…

A Roadmap For Cities in 2022

Dec 01, 2021

Discover community-led solutions to some of our most pressing urban challenges:  Action for Community Wellbeing: Developing Affordable Housing and Small Businesses By Julie Rusk and Tara Barauskas Mexico Redefines the Right to Safe Mobility By Claudio Sarmiento-Casas Housing supply and affordability is the most pressing challenge cities will face in the coming year, according to…

The Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 2021

Nov 18, 2021

Through webinars and in-person events, these dialogues will convene greenfield cities from around the world and experts from all sectors to share best practices, lessons learned, and the tools needed for urbanization. We will have crucial discussions about the future of sustainability, mobility, and much more in new master-planned cities around the world. Dialogue #1:…

Transitioning Cities

Nov 10, 2021

How can we reappropriate space to meet the evolving needs of urban populations? A NewCities & ArchDaily collaboration with Bouygues Construction Before diving into the conversation, let’s start by defining four crucial principles that help cities respond to community needs while limiting urban sprawl and minimizing the environmental impact of new construction. Transformation – adapting an…

Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems of the Future

Sep 30, 2021

The Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 2021 On September 23, 2021, NewCities convened the second edition of the Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 2021 in New York City at Cornell Tech’s Verizon Center in partnership with the university’s Urban Tech Hub. Titled “Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems of the Future,” this installement explored how greenfield city projects might act as…

The Big Rethink – Is It Finally Infrastructure Week?

Jul 29, 2021

Is It Finally Infrastructure Week? The Big Rethink | July 29, 2020 If construction happens in a city and no one is around to complain… is it completed ahead of schedule and under budget? Until very recently, frustrations with never ending construction were simply part of urban experience. With traffic significantly reduced by COVID-19, infrastructure…

Urban Farming: Growing Healthier Communities

Jul 16, 2021

Urban Farming: Growing Healthier Communities Where was your last meal grown? Most of us who live in urban areas don’t have a simple answer to that question; our plates are often filled with produce harvested from all corners of the globe. Our global food network and supply chains are vulnerable systems. As our planet warms and the…

The Circular Economy of Floating Farms

Jul 16, 2021

BY PETER VAN WINGERDEN July 19, 2021 In May 2019, we opened the world’s first Floating Farm in the Port of Rotterdam. Since then, we’ve had 40 cows producing healthy milk and organic manure. Let me tell you about it. Why the Floating Farm? Our planet is under tremendous strain and we are (in) directly…

Towards a Local and Sustainable Food System

Jul 15, 2021

BY RENZO MOROSI July 19, 2021   As part of its new Climate Action Plan 2050, the City of Buenos Aires will implement urban agricultural programs to transition the city towards a sustainable, nutritious food system. Urban areas are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), positioning cities as key players in the battle…