About Laura Puttkamer

Laura Puttkamer holds a Master’s degree in Urban Development and Planning from the University of Manchester. She currently lives in London, writing about SDG 11, urban development and climate change, and blogging at parCitypatory.org.
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Policy and Financing for Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Insights from COP27

By |2024-01-04T16:30:43+01:00November 18th 2022|

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

From Timber Cities to Integrated Urban Planning – How to Make Our Cities More Climate-Friendly

By |2024-01-04T15:11:48+01:00November 18th 2021|

The 11th of November was Cities Day at the recent climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. Together with BMZ and Cities Alliance, GIZ organised an event entitled “Cities built4climate – Shaping the global transformation in construction”. Considering that the construction sector is responsible for about 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions, it is particularly relevant to find ways to cut down emissions in construction.

Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |2024-01-04T13:55:12+01:00November 3rd 2020|

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?

Creating Culturally Vivid Urban Spaces and Places – Lessons from the 10th World Urban Forum

By |2024-01-04T13:26:58+01:00February 18th 2020|

In February 2020, one of the most important events for urban planners took place: The 10th World Urban Forum. This year, it was Abu Dhabi’s turn to host the conference with an attendance of about 13,000 international guests and the theme “Cities of Opportunity: Connecting Culture and Innovation”. While one might argue that cities have more pressing issues to tackle these days, such as climate change, inequality, or immigration, there were some interesting lessons to be learned, Laura von Puttkamer reports from Abu Dhabi.

Reviving the City: How an Asphalt Plant Turned Into a Public Park

By |2024-01-02T15:48:01+01:00June 21st 2018|

In Mexico City, residents organised to convince the city government to build a public park instead of developing an area for office buildings. The Parque Imán can serve as an example for successfully greening neighbourhoods, and reclaiming public space in a participatory and transparent manner.

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