Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

Claudia Hermes, Veronika Neumeier & Analyn Rubenecia| January 23rd 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, Resilient Cities|Tags: , , , , , |

Asia is one of the regions of the world that is experiencing extremely rapid urbanisation. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has recently launched a photobook in which case studies of four cities in Asia illustrate innovative ways to tackle issues in key sectors such as flood and drainage management, water supply, transport and waste management.

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Improving municipal service delivery through Social Accountability – progress and challenges in the Palestinian territories

Markus Maier| January 19th 2017|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Social Accountability interventions at the local government level can bring about actual, significant improvement of living conditions for citizens. The Palestinian territories are presently at the stage of transitioning from locally focused pilot interventions towards a national institutionalisation process that encompasses all municipalities.

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“Soon 20 percent of the land of Southern Bangladesh may be gone forever” – An interview with ANM Safiqul Alam, MD of Geomark

URBANET| January 17th 2017|Categories: Resilient Cities|Tags: , , , |

Bangladeshi cities do not only have to face difficult climate conditions, but also increasing waves of urban migration and the problems associated with that. URBANET spoke to ANM Safiqul Alam, managing director of the software and planning company Geomark, about how Bangladesh is facing these challenges and why he is hopeful for the future of the country.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV, Part II: How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

Edmundo Werna| January 12th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Part I presented two subsequent paradigms related to the world of work, Fordism and Post-Fordism. Subsequently, it was argued that there are two contrasting trends in the world of (urban) labour: flexibility and stability. This is the second and concluding part of the article, which includes considerations about policies.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV – How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

Edmundo Werna| January 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , |

"Our Struggle for Global Sustainability will be won or lost in cities", said Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The present article argues that our struggle for good urbanisation will be won or lost depending on the opportunities and conditions of work.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

URBANET| January 3rd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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Access to finance a key consideration for urban leaders at the C40 Mayors’ Summit

Aris Moro| December 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

In early December, mayors, city delegates and urban experts met in Mexico City for the sixth biennial C40 Mayors’ Summit. The summit emphasised the key role cities play in global low-carbon, resilient, and inclusive development. Providing our cities with adequate access to financing is one of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed.

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The challenge of changing travel behaviours

Roger Behrens| December 20th 2016|Categories: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

Urban travel requirements are constantly changing, and so are the challenges that cities face in keeping their inhabitants mobile. In an interview with URBANET, Roger Behrens (University of Cape Town) talks about the importance of accessibility, the challenges for local governments and the changing travel dynamics in South Africa.

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