Basic Infrastructure & Housing

Spotlight on: Urban Health

Rebuilding Evicted Kampungs in Jakarta – Restoring Communities, Providing a Better Quality of Life

By |2022-09-27T10:07:48+02:00September 27th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , , |

Forced evictions and displacements should be stopped, but it is not enough. Muhammad Azka Gulsyan wants us to think about how to rebuild the evicted homes, and restore affected communities and their livelihoods. Vertical Kampung-projects in Jakarta show that rebuilding and restoration are possible.

Spotlight on: Young Voices

Urban Space Era: A Disruptive Approach Towards a Resilient City

By |2022-09-06T17:34:38+02:00August 30th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

Delhi, just as many other cities around the world, struggles to provide adequate housing for migrant workers. Young architect Kaif Ali presents a potential solution

Spotlight on: Young Voices

The (Urban) Relevance of Community-Making

By |2022-08-30T09:04:23+02:00August 25th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , , , , |

The approach of the Fundación Hogares understands the relevance of strengthening social cohesion in neighbourhoods to respond to city-scale challenges. José Roberto shares some valuable insights into how community organisations are shaping their surroundings in infrastructure as well as in inclusiveness.

SPOTLIGHT ON: AFFORDABLE CITIES

Land Value Capture: Creating the Financial Means for Affordable Cities

By |2022-07-19T09:02:27+02:00July 19th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , |

Creating liveable, affordable cities requires significant public investments. How to finance them? The answer may lie in land value capture. This financing tool allows municipalities to recover the land value gains that result from public action such as zoning changes or investment in public infrastructure, to invest them back into the city. Sena Segbedzi, OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative, shares stories of success from all over the world.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

Urban Challenges in Post-COVID Times

By |2022-06-30T09:36:48+02:00June 30th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , , , |

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated existing challenges in the domain of social inclusion and housing. Cynthia Goytia on how cities can rise to these challenges and which solutions have already proven successful in urban Latin America.

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.

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