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COVID-19 Responses: The Urban Innovations that are Here to Stay

By |December 1st 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , |

Cities, citizens, and institutions constantly evolve and are typically very resilient – according to Isidora Larraín and Pauline Claramunt. The authors present three urban innovations implemented in cities around the world that may just prove that COVID-19 responses hold the potential to become long-term solutions to long-standing problems, especially in South America.

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#SolutionsForCities

By |November 25th 2020|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Cities around the world are facing similar challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for physical distancing has once more emphasised the need for digital innovation in local governance processes. The ideas competition #SolutionsForCities provides a platform where cities and solution providers can further develop and adjust solutions for urban challenges in times of a pandemic.

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Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |November 18th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

The concept of Smart Cities heavily relies on collecting enormous amounts of citizens' data – and thus raises concerns as to what this data can be used for. Brad Smith on dangers, potentials, and everyday means to protect one's privacy.

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Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |November 12th 2020|Categories: Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |November 5th 2020|Categories: Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , |

Technological transformation is rapidly changing our cities. To ensure that they are changing them for better, sustainability, digitalisation, and urban development must go hand in hand. Luciana Maia and François van Schalkwyk present an assessment tool for digital solutions which helps to find the necessary connections.

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Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |November 3rd 2020|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Like a virtual version of Lego, it invites players to create their own world of buildings, villages, and other spatial elements. Every month, more than 110 million people play Minecraft – but did you know that it can also be used for urban planning?

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Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |October 31st 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: |

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

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Bottom-Up Movements Revitalised – What is Different This Time?

By |October 29th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , |

Concluding our insight series on the event "Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation", Celine D'Cruz (Urban Development Practitioner), Franziska Schreiber (University of Stuttgart), and Nancy Naser Al Deen (TU Berlin) discuss ways of transformative change in cities based on the needs of its communities and protest culture structures.

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