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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“The New Urban Agenda lacks a human rights focus” – Interview with Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network

By | 2017-10-14T15:23:27+00:00 March 23rd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

The absence of a human rights approach and the lack of a focus on social justice in the New Urban Agenda is an cause of concern, says Shivani Chaudry from the Housing and Land Rights Network. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses these issues in relation to housing.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:24:11+00:00 March 21st 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|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.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:24:42+00:00 March 16th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|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.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:31:05+00:00 February 10th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, MULTI-STAKEHOLDER 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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From a shack to a house with water and electricity

By | 2017-10-14T15:42:33+00:00 December 6th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. In this first part, the focus lies on San Salvador, El Salvador's capital city, where the houses of thousands of families who live in slums are being reconstructed. Since they have gained access to regular water and electricity supply, the living conditions have improved significantly.

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“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

By | 2017-10-14T15:46:17+00:00 November 17th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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The Right to the City: “It is critical to urbanise informal settlements”

By | 2017-10-14T16:11:34+00:00 September 7th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

In modern-day cities, issues such as affordable and good housing, or the question of who designs neighborhoods are very relevant and often imply a conflict of interests. URBANET talked to Harvard Loeb Fellow Matthias Nohn about the challenges and chances that cities face, and about what really constitutes the "Right to the City".

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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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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

By | 2017-10-14T16:24:44+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , |

The idea of partnerships plays an important role in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda. But how can local communities have a real chance to participate? In an interview with Urbanet, Rose Molokoane, Deputy President of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), shares her vision of a New Urban Agenda co-created by the urban poor.

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