New approaches for pressing challenges

By | 2017-10-14T15:05:04+00:00 August 8th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:10:58+00:00 June 12th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|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 | 2017-10-14T15:11:30+00:00 June 7th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|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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“I hope the New Urban Agenda will be a tool” – An interview with Sonia Dias from WIEGO

By | 2017-10-14T15:26:28+00:00 March 10th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

Sonia Dias has been working with grassroots organizations and in the informal sector in Brazil and beyond since the 1980s. A sociologist by training, her work focusses on participatory processes in waste management, always keeping the focus on the role of women in this field. In an interview with URBANET she spoke about what women can do to better make their voice heard and be more empowered in the city.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:28:38+00:00 March 7th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|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.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:41:42+00:00 December 14th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|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.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00 December 1st 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By | 2017-10-14T15:43:49+00:00 November 29th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part II: The Changing Mechanisms of Planning

By | 2017-10-14T15:44:20+00:00 November 23rd 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INTEGRATED PLANNING|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this second part, she talks about urban building master plans, the land housing market in India's cities and the urban poor.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part I: India’s Urban Transformation

By | 2017-10-14T15:44:39+00:00 November 22nd 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this first part, she outlines the shift in urban growth in India and measures that are being taken in response to it.

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Good partnerships – An interview with Brigitte Riegelbauer, mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg

By | 2017-10-14T15:52:28+00:00 November 10th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , |

Town twinnings play an important role when it comes to mutual understanding and learning processes. In an interview with Imme Scheit, head of administration and deputy chief officer of the mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg Brigitte Riegelbauer explains how these partnerships can be successfully implemented.

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“We’ve got a political crisis, and no one is admitting it”

By | 2017-10-14T16:15:31+00:00 August 4th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

At the German Habitat Forum in June 2016 URBANET talked to the African Centre for Cities Director Edgar Pieterse about cultural inclusion, informal settlements and why it is necessary that international institutions overcome their own limitations for the New Urban Agenda to have an impact.

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