Towards the liveable city

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow| November 16th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , |

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Alexandra Linden & Astrid Ley & Alexander Jachnow

Urban Development Specialists at GIZ, University of Stuttgart and IHS
Alexandra Linden currently supports the decentralisation reform and regional development process in Ukraine on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) in cooperation with the European Union.

Astrid Ley is course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, and the role of local governance and civil society.

Alexander Jachnow is the Head of USP (Urban Strategies and Planning) at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
His research and teaching focus on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization processes in the Global South. He represented the IHS and its academic networks in the preparations of the New Urban Agenda and at the HABITAT conference in Quito.
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The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.

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COP22 through the Urban Lense

Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen| November 15th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen

Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen

Sarah Schneider started her career with GIZ in 2012 with an internship on disaster risk management in cities, then spent 2.5 years with the multi-donor programme Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) based in Manila, and recently transferred to Berlin to support the C40 Cities Finance Facility.

Lisa Lebershausen holds an M.A. in International Development Studies and completed the trainee program with GIZ in India where she worked on urban environmental management and climate change issues. In Colombia, she supported a foundation focusing on sustainable urbanisation. Since March 2015, she is a GIZ Advisor for cities and climate change to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
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Three weeks after the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. Sarah Schneider and Lisa Lebershausen look at the the international climate change conference through an urban lense.

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