Basic Infrastructure & Housing

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

Quality Urban Fabric Will Determine the Fate of Tomorrow’s Cities

By |2022-06-21T10:11:55+02:00June 21st 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , |

While we assume cities will continue to face rapid growth, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced a trend which counters linear population projections: qualified professionals no longer move where work is, but work from where they want to live. If, before the pandemic, cities competed to attract head offices or multinational corporations, today they have to compete for each qualified individual.

SPOTLIGHT ON: LIVEABLE CITIES

Empowerment Through Blocking-Out In Cape Town’s Informal Settlements

By |2022-05-23T12:00:47+02:00May 5th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

How can architectural solutions contribute to increase liveability in informal settlements? Alfredo Brillembourg portrays how the process of blocking-out facilitated the empowerment and upgrading in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha.

Rethinking Resilience In Bangladesh’s Urban Slum Communities: An Experimental Thought

By |2022-03-30T09:08:31+02:00March 30th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

When thinking about the resilience of urban poor, it is worthwhile to think of resilience as a dynamic process of transition on individual and household level, argue Zakir Hossain and Mostafizur Rahman.

It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |2022-02-02T10:30:57+01:00December 22nd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

“We need a new spatial contract”, says Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, inviting participants from all around the globe to ponder sustainability and the question ‘How will we live together’. But how just and sustainable can architecture truly be? A critical review by Aseman G. Bahadori

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

By |2021-11-18T10:20:12+01:00November 18th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

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.

Infrastructure: Ensuring No One Is Worse Off

By |2021-09-07T11:52:08+02:00September 7th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , |

Relocations and resettlements are often inevitable. But how can we protect the most vulnerable along the way? By Julian Baskin, Principal Urban Advisor, Cities Alliance

Storm-Proof Housing for the Urban Poor – Lessons from Da Nang, Vietnam

By |2021-08-10T08:34:44+02:00August 3rd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , |

For low-income families in coastal areas of Vietnam, storm and typhoon damage is a constant threat to life and well-being. However, there is a way for them to escape the vicious cycle, involving proper financial and technical support for storm-resilience housing. Nguyen Anh Tho presents experiences from Da Nang City.

Localising the SDGs through Architecture: Examples from a Sustainable Public School in Chile

By |2021-07-15T08:57:35+02:00July 15th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , |

Al Borde Architects showcase how architecture can play a vital role in implementing the SDGs on a local level.

How a Misdirected Land Use Law Disregards Coastal Dwellers’ Rights

By |2021-03-25T10:33:04+01:00March 25th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , , |

Lagos' Waterfront Infrastructure Development Law facilitates the sacrifice of the rights of coastal residents to commercial real estate development. Omotayo Odukola on the constitution and unjust implementation of a land use law.

Learning from Latin America’s Informal Settlements and Urban Policies

By |2021-03-18T11:23:13+01:00March 18th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Informal housing is a common phenomenon in Latin America, and governmental regulations are designed to counteract it. However, some of them have had the opposite effect. Cynthia Goytia on its underlying dynamics and a necessary shift in urban policies.

Formalising Land While Promoting Social Justice and Economic Benefit

By |2021-03-11T09:24:47+01:00March 11th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , |

When informal land is valued, transferred, or titled, it comes with many opportunities, but also great risks. James Kavanagh on beneficial standards and governance approaches.

Evaluating the Slum Redevelopment Project of Borei Keila

By |2021-11-05T12:35:18+01:00March 9th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Borei Keila stands out as a unique experiment in land sharing and social housing in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Dr. Paul Rabé provides insights into its origins, the pitfalls in its realisation, and the lessons to be learned.

Do Land-Based Commons Lead to More Inclusive Cities in the Global South?

By |2021-03-04T10:47:03+01:00March 4th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

What is the impact of land-based commons on tenure security and on progresses toward “inclusive cities”? Eric Denis, Claire Simonneau, and Irène Salenson explore cases of collective housing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Energy Efficiency Policies and Net-Zero Ambitions: Collaborative Public-Private Partnerships Across Latin America

By |2021-02-24T09:14:35+01:00February 24th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Juanita Alvarez outlines how the Green Building Councils of Latin America employed Public Private Partnerships to join forces for sustainable development.

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