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Spotlight on: Nature-based Solutions

Urban Forestry – How Innovative Approaches Can Help Reach the SDGs

By |December 6th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health|Tags: , , , |

Urban Forestry can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – if its challenges are addressed the right way. Florencia Florido on a new report discussing inventive paths to implement Urban Forestry within European cities.

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Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

The Mask of Tradition – The Influence of Modernity on Traditional Indian Architecture

By |December 1st 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , |

Traditional architecture is crucial in adapting to geographical conditions. However, modern materials have become a more popular choice for the masses. According to Farha Shermin and Mainak Gosh, lacking a thorough understanding of both types has led to a confusing typology.

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Spotlight on: COP27

Decarbonising Global Urban Transport: The COP27 Presidency Initiative LOTUS

By |November 29th 2022|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , |

There is no panacea, no silver bullet: Only a holistic approach to technology and urban mobility will ensure sustainable transport for the sake of people and planet. Led by the Egyptian COP27 Presidency, the Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability (LOTUS) initiative was launched. By Christopher Dekki

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Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

Island States of the Global South and the Challenge of Building Urban Climate Resilience

By |November 24th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , , , |

Stephania Constantinou lays focus on island and small island developing states and their task of developing climate-resilient infrastructure to safeguard their existence.

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COP27: Equipping Today’s Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate Crises

By |November 21st 2022|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

Lou Del Bello reports from COP27 and highlights some of the key topics, such as the war in Ukraine and the Summary for Urban Policymakers. The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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Policy and Financing for Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Insights from COP27

By |November 18th 2022|Categories: Governance & Finance|Tags: , , , |

November 17 was Solutions Day at the recent climate conference COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. To discuss how to combine financial modalities with city-level policies to facilitate public and private investment in low- and zero-carbon buildings, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development co-hosted an event with the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance. By Laura Puttkamer

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Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

Applying Ancestral Lessons to Contemporary Realities – A Return to Ghana’s Architectural Heritage

By |November 15th 2022|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , , |

Breathing new life into city architecture through native materials and construction techniques will catalyse lasting change and adaptability amidst unpredictable climate change-related incidences. Kweku Addo-Atuah on a return to Ghana's architectural heritage.

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Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

Sustainable Cities With a Soul

By |November 10th 2022|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing|Tags: , , |

Concrete is the second most consumed material in the world after water, making it an essential component of urban development. However, cheap housing comes at a price. Can we still afford to pay for it? Jorge Javier and Cecilia Tortajada provide clear responses.

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Spotlight on: COP27

Needing No Less Than a Revolution – Building For a Sustainable Future Climate

By |November 8th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , , |

To get cities back on track to avoid building towards a climate crisis, actions must start today. Donovan Storey and Etta Madete Mukuba on sustainable design principles, alternative building materials, and technologies.

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