Global Urban Debates

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 |2020-09-17T11:23:43+02:00September 17th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Participation, , |

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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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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