“We need to empower the people living in informal settlements” – An interview with Howaida Barakat from the Ministry of Housing, Egypt

Howaida Barakat| March 21st 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

In Egypt there are almost 850 000 people living in unsafe areas. We talked to Howaida Barakat, International Cooperation Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt about how the country deals with informal settlements, how the government is attempting to understand and include the people living in informal settlements and what sustainable housing in Egypt could look like in the future.

Comments Off on “We need to empower the people living in informal settlements” – An interview with Howaida Barakat from the Ministry of Housing, Egypt

“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

Lorena Zárate| March 16th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

Comments Off on “Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

Kathryn Travers & Margaret Shaw & Kassandra McCleery| March 9th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

Comments Off on Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

Kathryn Travers & Margaret Shaw & Kassandra McCleery| March 8th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

Comments Off on Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

Paula Meth| March 7th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

Comments Off on How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

“Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

José Morales| March 2nd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

José Morales, the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, gives his view on the country's housing situation and social inequality.

Comments Off on “Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

Urban Sanity. Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

Todd Litman| February 16th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Does urban living threaten our mental health and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories suggesting that city living causes emotional stress and unhappiness. Our author Todd Litman's review of the research indicates that city living has a variety of impacts on our mental health and happiness that reduce certain risks and increase others.

Comments Off on Urban Sanity. Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

“Local governments know the reality of their cities” – An Interview with Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company, Ecuador

URBANET| February 7th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many cities are facing traffic-related problems and are trying to find solutions that take into consideration the local conditions. Sometimes, these solutions clash with problem solving approaches by central governments. In her interview with URBANET, Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company in Ecuador talks about such challenges and her visions for inclusive mobility.

Comments Off on “Local governments know the reality of their cities” – An Interview with Johana Hernández from the Northern Public Transport Company, Ecuador

“Create housing as a solution” – An interview with Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

URBANET| January 25th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

What are the most pressing issues in low income housing? How can cities be given better opportunities to realise sustainable development? What are the key issues of sustainable urban development? Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, spoke to URBANET about how to tackle these questions and why scaling and counting are important when working towards sustainable urban development.

Comments Off on “Create housing as a solution” – An interview with Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

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.

Comments Off on Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

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.

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

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.

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

“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.

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

Working together to create a positive climate

Gero Fischer| December 16th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This fourth and last part describes how a Tanzanian and a German municipality partnered up to contribute to climate protection - and to also collaborate on other issues.

Comments Off on Working together to create a positive climate

“I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco

Isabel Küppers| December 14th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This third part describes efforts to better integrate and reintegrate migrants, refugees and returning migrants into local life in Morocco.

Comments Off on “I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco