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Categorising South Africa’s Resilient Urbanisms

By |June 11th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Urban planning during the apartheid regime specifically designed cities to displace and separate. Ngaka Mosiane, Mamokete Matjomane, and Avhatakali Sithagu argue for a concept of spatial culture that captures this particularity of South Africa's resilient urban history.

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Housing as Healthcare: COVID-19, Affordable Housing, and Urban Resilience in Asia

By |June 9th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

To ensure that cities are healthy, residents need access to affordable housing, argues Andrew Jones from Reall – a social enterprise, innovator and impact investor that has been at the forefront of affordable housing for decades.

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Urban Green Spaces Are Our Most Effective Tool to Improve Urban Life

By |March 10th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Rapid urbanisation also means that the game for the quality of life and the health of the citizens will be won or lost in the cities. Barcelona-based architect Eloi Juvillà Ballester analyses the potential of urban green spaces as decisive component in this game.

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Integrated Approaches to Reconstruction: Safeguarding Heritage And Rebuilding Lives

By |February 6th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

Rebuilding cultural sites that were destroyed in armed conflict needs to be an essential part of urban reconstruction policies. However, as Shadia Touqan argues, rebuilding these sites cannot be addressed in isolation from what should be any policy's priority: protecting the lives of the people who live there.

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Informality and Climate Resilience – The Story of Onyika Settlement, Windhoek, Namibia

By |January 21st 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality|Tags: , , , |

In Namibia, the major share of urban growth is informal, with an estimated 30-40 per cent of the population living in informal settlements, with trends projecting shacks to become the predominant form of housing by 2025. Being especially vulnerable to climate change, these forms of settlements require special attention in the development of climate resilience strategies.

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A Spark of Hope: Making Nairobi’s Slums Fire Resilient

By |January 9th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality|Tags: , , , |

High density and poor building materials make informal settlements extremely prone to fire hazards. The Nairobi-based enterprise Kwangu Kwako has developed a housing model that, while being truly affordable, increases fire resilience and thus positively affects many aspects of residents' lives.

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