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What characterises an ideal city, and how do we get there?

By | June 22nd 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

What do we envision the ideal city of the future to be like? How can we approach such an ideal in urban planning? According to Marco Dall’Orso, the (re)creation of urban environments needs to balance and integrate multiple strategies. Taking into account the quality of the socio-economic and built-natural environment, he develops a framework that can be used to analyse a city’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectories for future development.

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10 years of the Leipzig Charta: a model for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs?

By | June 14th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, REALISING INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , , |

This year’s Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy in Germany focuses on the Leipzig Charta’s 10th anniversary and future perspectives for sustainable cities in Europe. Timo Munzinger of the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) discusses the relevance of the Leipzig Charta for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, calling for the Leipzig Charta to be brought up to date to meet current urbanisation challenges.

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A “new urban agenda” for displaced communities? Unveiling architecture and urbanism principles to strengthen the Right to the City

By | June 12th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , |

According to UNHCR, 65.3 million people were displaced due to conflict and persecution in 2016. How can city planning respond to this massive influx of people in a way that meets minimum standards for housing? URBANET's author Fernando Murillo outlines his ideas for inclusive cities that welcome refugees and migrants.

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Women’s Right to the City: Reflections on Inclusive Urban Planning

By | June 7th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Traditional city design and planning often fails to recognise the complex and unequal relations between men and women in our society, says URBANET's author Ana Falú. While women’s right to the city was largely left unattended until the recent past, it is important to understand that women have always been active participants in the building of cities. Still, many challenges remain. The progress and success of city policies depends on the capacity to ensure equal conditions and opportunities for people of all genders.

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“Transport as usual is not an option”

By | June 6th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

More than 80 transport practitioners engaged in TUMI Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017. Read Mathias Merforth and Sophia Sünder's report about the event on URBANET.

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Sustainability in the urban realm – current challenges in the German context

By | June 1st 2017|Categories: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , |

The factory and power plant chimneys which once belched smoke, blighting our urban landscapes, have largely disappeared. Our rivers are no longer open sewers, and quality of urban life has improved immeasurably. Where centres of heavy industry once polluted the environment, there are now eco-friendly cities – like Essen, the European Green Capital. So is it all good in Germany? This question was also discussed at the Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development on 29 May.

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How sustainable mobility can transform Africa’s cities

By | May 31st 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

Over the next 15 years, African cities will add 300 million new urban residents—fully two-thirds above today’s urban population. This unprecedented demographic shift presents a tremendous opportunity for economic uplift and poverty reduction, but these benefits hinge on the ability of African cities to dramatically improve the delivery of infrastructure and services to drive future growth.

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Mayor of Berlin highlights role of cities in sustainable development

By | May 24th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|Tags: , , , |

In his contribution to URBANET, Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller outlines his expectations and hopes for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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