Global Urban Debates

5 Planning Tips for the Urban Planner of Tomorrow

By |2021-02-23T15:47:46+01:00February 11th 2021|Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Urban design and city planning is complicated and for experts only? Michael Dehoyos takes us on a stroll through San Francisco and proves that with a little imagination, anyone can become an urban planner.

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Upgrading Precarious Neighbourhoods is Key for Post-Pandemic Recovery

By |2021-02-02T10:22:03+01:00February 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

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Urban Micro-Lungs: Mini-Forests for Climate, Biodiversity & Wellbeing

By |2020-12-22T09:50:51+01:00December 22nd 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , |

Cities have become the main culprit behind environmental degradation. Yet, what if urbanisation was a restorative act of the land, no longer synonymous with ecosystem destruction? Deema Assaf highlights how mini-forests have taken root in urban areas, with the potential of rejuvenating local ecology at an unprecedented speed.

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COVID-19 Responses: The Urban Innovations that are Here to Stay

By |2021-02-23T15:40:39+01:00December 1st 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , |

Cities, citizens, and institutions constantly evolve and are typically very resilient – according to Isidora Larraín and Pauline Claramunt. The authors present three urban innovations implemented in cities around the world that may just prove that COVID-19 responses hold the potential to become long-term solutions to long-standing problems, especially in South America.

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Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |2020-11-18T08:09:48+01:00November 18th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

The concept of Smart Cities heavily relies on collecting enormous amounts of citizens' data – and thus raises concerns as to what this data can be used for. Brad Smith on dangers, potentials, and everyday means to protect one's privacy.

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Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |2020-11-30T15:12:19+01:00November 12th 2020|Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |2020-10-31T11:31:28+01:00October 31st 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, |

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

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Bottom-Up Movements Revitalised – What is Different This Time?

By |2020-10-29T09:13:15+01:00October 29th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , |

Concluding our insight series on the event "Inclusive Cities – The Next Generation", Celine D'Cruz (Urban Development Practitioner), Franziska Schreiber (University of Stuttgart), and Nancy Naser Al Deen (TU Berlin) discuss ways of transformative change in cities based on the needs of its communities and protest culture structures.

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“Leadership and Project Finance is All You Need” – Whatever Happened to the Notion of Urban Transformation?

By |2020-10-28T11:21:01+01:00October 28th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , , |

Round 2 of our special focus week on ICLEI’s Daring Cities Conference includes highly critical and promising insights from Max Lohmann (C40 / GIZ), Hilmar von Lojewski (Association of German Cities), and Sarah Colenbrander (Overseas Development Institute).

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Global Agendas, National Urban Policies – Does Anybody Care?

By |2020-10-27T22:48:58+01:00October 27th 2020|Global Urban Debates, , , |

We are delighted to kick off our special focus week on Inclusive Cities with inputs by Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Tobias Kettner (World Food Programme), and Tina Silbernagl (GIZ) on the question if and how global agendas, supra-national conventions, national urban policies and multilateral organisations and partnerships are critical instruments to promote value-based urban development.

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Why Housing Matters: The Impact of Affordable Housing for People on Low Incomes

By |2020-10-15T10:10:25+02:00October 15th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , |

Good and affordable housing is key to people’s well-being. Andrew Jones presents the latest research from social enterprise Reall and unpacks what impact it has on the bottom 40 per cent of the income pyramid.

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Sustainable Africa: Why Cities of the Future Must Consider Health in Urban Planning

By |2020-09-30T08:55:17+02:00September 29th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , |

In a rapidly urbanising world, cities must consider the health impacts of urban policies and projects. Meelan Thondoo and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen highlight the situation in Mauritius’ capital Port Louis and make a strong case for participatory quantitative Health Impact Assessments, a promising and practical tool to ensure healthy, equity-driven and sustainable cities.

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An Epidemic Might Cure Venice

By |2020-09-22T11:08:01+02:00September 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Researchers from MIT Civic Data Design Lab investigate Venice's tourism dynamics by employing spatial data on urban form and tourist facilities. Their goal is to envision what Venice's post-pandemic urban life could look like.

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

By |2021-02-22T13:20:17+01:00September 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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Global Partnerships for City-Scale Challenges: the Karlsruhe-Kampala Climate Partnership

By |2020-08-25T16:19:28+02:00August 18th 2020|Decentralisation, Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

Evolving cross-border cooperation shows that trans-boundary action can help individual cities address local challenges. Emana Nsikan-George from Climate Alliance highlights the development of decentralised municipal cooperation and provides a promising example from Uganda and Germany.

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