Basic Infrastructure & Housing

Unplanned Housing in Bangladesh: The Problem with Housing Societies

By |2020-10-13T11:02:07+02:00October 13th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

When the government can’t provide sufficient housing, private co-operatives seem like a good idea – until they are not. Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim provides a rare insight into the housing situation in urban Bangladesh and the consequences of unplanned housing.

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I (don’t) want to live here! Exploring perceptions of liveability in Bangladesh

By |2021-07-23T14:20:33+02:00September 17th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

What makes people prefer one place over another? Liveability is a popular topic, but smaller cities are still left unexplored. Istiakh Ahmed from the International Centre for Climate Change and Development wonders what residents in coastal Bangladesh consider a liveable, even loveable city.

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And I Thought Public Spaces are Meant for Everyone!

By |2020-09-03T11:24:28+02:00September 3rd 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , |

Public spaces in India lack even the most basic amenities, making them unsafe for women and the vulnerable. Priya Varadarajan explores different obstacles and solutions – and recounts a very personal tale of what it means to be a woman in today’s India.

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Municipal Financing: The Key to Climate-Neutral Cities (video)

By |2020-08-27T09:55:57+02:00August 27th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Decentralisation, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

To learn more about the three levels of action required to improve municipal finance and ultimately build climate-neutral cities, take a look at this short explanatory film by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Categorising South Africa’s Resilient Urbanisms

By |2020-06-11T08:17:21+02:00June 11th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

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 |2020-06-22T12:37:37+02:00June 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , |

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 |2021-02-23T13:30:03+01:00March 10th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, Urban Health, , , |

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 |2020-02-06T09:08:53+01:00February 6th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

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 |2021-02-23T15:29:04+01:00January 21st 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

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 |2020-01-09T13:11:05+01:00January 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

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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My City in Crisis: The Struggle to Reconstruct

By |2019-12-10T10:28:35+01:00December 10th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

As densely populated urban areas like Homs, Raqqa, and Idlib in Syria continue to be the site of years-long armed conflicts, architect Ammar Azzouz argues that cities must not wait for post-conflict reconstruction plans. Rather, amidst destruction, ideas for the cities of tomorrow should be developed.

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Let Them Play! Nairobi through a Child’s Eye

By |2020-06-22T12:23:32+02:00November 14th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

The number of children living in urban areas is on the rise. However, this is not reflected in cities' infrastructures. Rapid development is shrinking the amount of suitable and safe play areas for children. Using Nairobi as an example, Peninah Ndegwa, founder of Wow Mom Kenya, reflects on why and how cities should become more child-friendly.

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Real World Civic Tech Implications of South Africa’s Grassroot Platform

By |2019-06-25T09:34:25+02:00June 25th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , , , |

Enabling participatory democracy is the goal of South Africa's online platform Grassroot, where community members get together to change their municipalities for the better – with considerable success, as Katlego Mohlabane, outreach and campaigns coordinator at Grassroot, illustrates with examples from Mnandini and Mzondi.

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A City in Transition: The Future of Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City

By |2021-02-23T15:59:10+01:00May 21st 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, Urban Mobility, , , , |

With a growing population and economy, Ho Chi Minh City faces important decisions regarding transportation infrastructure. Robert Marshall calls for a contextual approach.

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When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 2

By |2019-05-14T10:06:30+02:00May 14th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

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