“This is a very good moment for change” – Interview with Jorge Wolpert, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing in Mexico

Jorge Wolpert| February 28th 2017|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing of Mexico's Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (Sedatu). Jorge Wolpert explains what specific challenges Mexican cities are facing in terms of sustainable urban development.

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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.

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“Everyone has to bring something to the table” – An Interview with Janice Perlman, founder of the Mega Cities Project

Janice Perlman| February 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Inequality and insufficient political and social structures in developing countries and and in the megacities of the Global South are still a huge problem, and change only occurs slowly. To enable cities to share their experiences and their efforts to bring about change, Janice Perlman founded the Mega Cities Project.

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“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.

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Urban Mining – recovering materials in metropolitan regions

Uwe Becker & Liselotte Schebek| February 2nd 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

To what extent can cities be used as ‘anthropogenic material stocks’? How can international cooperation contribute? In the following interview, Professor Liselotte Schebek from Darmstadt’s Technical University and Uwe Becker, who manages a GIZ-run project in India, share their views on these issues.

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“Nowadays cities are more aware of the problem” – An interview with Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro from the ISWA

URBANET| January 31st 2017|Categories: Resilient Cities, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

In recent years there have been great advancements in solid waste management and people are becoming more and more aware of its importance. However especially in developing countries there is still a need for more sustainable solutions. We spoke to Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro about the current situation in waste management and what still needs to be done to make it more sustainable and innovative.

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“Productivity increases with the size of a city” – An Interview with Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of Urban Policy Programme at OECD

Ruediger Ahrend| January 27th 2017|Categories: STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

A lot of processes in cities depend on the financial resources of the municipal and national government. But how can these resources be generated? How can cities make money, how can they save money? And what role does urbanisation play? We talked to Rüdiger Ahrend, Head of the Urban Policy Program at the OECD, about how cities can approach these challenges.

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

Ani Dasgupta| 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.

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