Basic Infrastructure & Housing

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.

Maximising the Impact of Urban Development in Cairo’s Informal Settlements

By |2021-11-04T16:19:25+01:00February 16th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , |

International development efforts must be designed with long-term impacts in mind. Dr Hassan Elmouelhi provides insights into the Egyptian context and asks an all-important question: Is international development overlooking critical opportunities? 

What We Build Today Will Form the Africa and Africans of Tomorrow

By |2021-02-04T08:47:07+01:00February 4th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Green buildings are a crucial part of fighting climate change. Elizabeth Wangeci Chege from the Kenya Green Building Society explores which measures help to achieve sustainable building and construction in Kenya.

Upgrading Precarious Neighbourhoods is Key for Post-Pandemic Recovery

By |2021-09-30T14:50:22+02:00February 2nd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, , |

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the planet to ‘stay at home’ and ‘wash hands’. But in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 100 million inhabitants lack adequate housing and sanitation. Could upgrading precarious neighbourhoods hold the key for post-pandemic recovery? By Anacláudia Rossbach et al

Building Back Better: The Future of Construction

By |2021-11-05T11:33:30+01:00January 28th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, |

Zero carbon buildings and construction are essential to meet the Paris Agreement goals, improve climate resilience and create jobs as part of COVID-19 recovery. However, the buildings and construction sector is not living up to its potential. What can be done? By Martina Otto

3D Printing and Cities of the Future

By |2020-12-22T15:45:03+01:00December 10th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Сan additive manufacturing technologies help to build sustainable cities of the future and to provide more affordable housing options for everyone? Amadu Sou shows how 3D printing can be applied in cutting-edge urban development.

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