Changing Streets to Change the World

Changing Streets to Change the World

Over 1.2 million people die on global roads each year from traffic injuries. With three-quarters of the global population expected to be living in cities by 2050, cities must rethink, reimagine and redesign the most valuable real-estate space of streets to function more efficiently for the needs of more people.

Skye Duncan will present the upcoming Global Street Design Guide and discuss opportunities for cities to be creative about the infrastructure they already have, and improve the capability of urban streets to support a healthy, livable, and sustainable future.

With input from transportation experts from 72 cities in 42 countries, this Guide is intended as a tool to inspire leaders, inform practitioners and empower communities to shift how they measure the success of streets to include goals of public health and safety, quality of life, social equity and environmental and economic sustainability.

Produced by the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) in partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the Global Street Design Guide is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.

Skye Duncan

Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Skye Duncan joined the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) in 2014 to serve as the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies that is developing a Global Street Design Guide and working with cities on street and public space design around the world. 

Skye is an urban designer with over a decade of experience in architecture, urban design, planning and landscape architecture, and comes to NACTO after seven years working as a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning in their Office of the Chief Urban Designer. There, she offered her design expertise to help shape sites of all scales across the city and collaborated with multiple agencies and organizations to make New York City a more sustainable, resilient, livable and healthy city. Skye contributed to the NYC DOT Street Design Manual and helped develop much of the Planning Department’s innovative work relating to public health and the built environment. She was a contributing author to the award-winning Active Design Guidelines (2010) and led a team to produce the well-received 2013 publication Shaping the Sidewalk Experience. 

Skye has worked professionally as an International Urban Design Consultant in Brazil, Colombia, Canada and New Zealand, and has been an Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for the past seven years. She graduated as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia in the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program and has a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. 

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