Global Urban Debates

Equitable Public Spaces in Latin America: A How-To

By |2020-07-30T11:53:33+02:00July 30th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility, , , |

Public spaces and public life in South American cities are dominated by car-oriented planning. Organisations like Chile-based Ciudad Emergente aim to change this through tactical urbanism.

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What will be the Post-Pandemic Urban Path?

By |2020-07-21T08:58:50+02:00July 21st 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , |

Urban planners have been quick to imagine the historic changes in urban development the COVID-19 pandemic will bring about. Alexander Jachnow shares his view on the issue, suggesting we look at how much urban planning has changed after previous pandemics.

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National Climate Action: Why Cities Matter

By |2020-07-09T13:26:55+02:00July 9th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , |

Cities around the world want to ensure the placements of urban content in national climate actions. Responding to this demand, UN-Habitat presents their new guide "Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through urban climate action".

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Healthy Cities? The Coronavirus Has Burst The Bubble

By |2020-06-30T11:20:34+02:00June 30th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , , |

Urban planning for healthier cities has existed for millennia. Yet the current pandemic lays bare the truth: a billion people cannot comply with even the most basic containment strategies. Julian Baskin, expert in participatory urban planning, explains what is going on and how to move forward.

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An Opportunity to Reshape the World in the Aftermath of the Pandemic – The UCLG Dialogue for the Post-COVID Era

By |2020-07-02T14:33:32+02:00June 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

Acknowledging that the international system needs to change substantially, United Cities and Local Governments Secretary General presents the organisation's political charter for a world after the pandemic.

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Resilience After Covid19 – A System-Thinking Approach

By |2020-06-22T12:37:21+02:00June 18th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , , , , |

Resilience needs to be a priority in shaping the post-pandemic future, argues David Jácome-Pólit, outlining the advantages of system-thinking in urban planning.

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Integrated Urban Development – Global Partnerships, Local Benefits

By |2020-06-30T09:31:09+02:00June 4th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban Health, , , |

Why tackle challenges alone, when there is so much to be gained from working together? How global peer learning strengthens cities in their role as leading actors of urban change. By the South African – German City Peer Learning Network.

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Migrants Hold the Key to Urban Resilience and COVID-19 Recovery

By |2020-06-22T12:37:54+02:00June 2nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , |

Migrants are critical to the resilience of cities all over the world and simultaneously some of the most vulnerable urban dwellers when disaster strikes. Michele Acuto and Daniel Pejic from Connected Cities Lab explain why addressing urban migrant vulnerability strengthens the resilience of cities and fast-tracks our recovery from COVID-19.

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The TUMI Observatory on COVID19

By |2020-05-07T12:09:42+02:00May 7th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility, , , , , , |

In cities around the world, many people come together daily to use public transport – a risky endeavor in times of a pandemic. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative TUMI takes a look at protective measures of urban public transport systems around the world.

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Infographics: Urban Development in South Africa

By |2020-05-05T11:25:42+02:00May 5th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , , , , , , |

URBANET's latest infographic series takes our readers to South Africa, offering interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in a country with a turbulent history.

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UrbanByNature: The Global Programme for Urban Nature Pioneers

By |2020-04-15T08:07:10+02:00April 15th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , |

In times of rapid urbanisation, increasing population, resource depletion, degradation of ecosystems, growing pressures on urban land use and climate change, nature-based solutions (NBS) provide opportunities for both society and nature. The UrbanByNature programme supports cities and practitioners in applying NBS that are cost-effective and mutually beneficial.

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Cooperatively Recovering Water as an Urban Common

By |2020-04-07T07:56:09+02:00April 7th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Water as a common resource that no one should derive profit from – an idea that stands in crass contrast to privatising urban water management. Kostas Nikolaou, professor and activist with the Greek water movement K136, portrays their successful fight against privatisation.

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Creating Culturally Vivid Urban Spaces and Places – Lessons from the 10th World Urban Forum

By |2020-02-18T15:01:20+01:00February 18th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

In February 2020, one of the most important events for urban planners took place: The 10th World Urban Forum. This year, it was Abu Dhabi’s turn to host the conference with an attendance of about 13,000 international guests and the theme “Cities of Opportunity: Connecting Culture and Innovation”. While one might argue that cities have more pressing issues to tackle these days, such as climate change, inequality, or immigration, there were some interesting lessons to be learned, Laura von Puttkamer reports from Abu Dhabi.

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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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