News November 18, 2015

Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) at Austin Designing Cities Conference 2015

Janette Sadik-Khan launched a preview of the Global Street Design Guide to the national audience of 650 people at the opening plenary in Austin. Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) Director, Skye Duncan presented the guiding principles behind the Global Street Design Guide and a sneak peak into what can be expected in the full publication. This presentation was complimented by members from our Global Expert Network presenting Global Case Studies from the Guide. Catch all the presentations here. We are gearing up for the release of the Guide in early 2016.

Nine of our Global Expert Network members participated in a pecha kucha session where they provided a taste of some of the innovative street projects happening in their cities. We heard from cities such as Stockholm and Sao Paulo, Budapest and Bogota, Lima and Melbourne. So be sure to check out there exciting presentations, which can be found here.

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