Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |2020-04-02T08:20:10+02:00April 2nd 2020|green & smart development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.

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Relaxation, Happiness, Health – Why We Need Urban Ecosystems

By |2020-03-26T09:59:10+01:00March 26th 2020|green & smart development, , |

The importance of green spaces is increasingly acknowledged as an important aspect in urban development. Davide Geneletti calls on urban planners to properly understand the relationships between ecosystems and residents to make the most efficient use of the services ecosystems provide to cities and their residents.

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Wellbeing in the Time of Cities: The Sweet City Vision

By |2020-03-24T07:46:07+01:00March 24th 2020|green & smart development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

Curridabat, Costa Rica, is dealing with several issues that are common to municipalities around the world. The answer they found, however, is a truly unique one that considers everyone living in Curridabat a city dweller – human or not.

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Phnom Penh: Urban Development Towards a Green City

By |2020-03-19T11:44:52+01:00March 19th 2020|green & smart development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

Research evidences that intact ecosystems within cities considerably improve the quality of citizens' lives. The Cambodian-German project Build4People aims to include urban ecosystems into the long-term urban planning strategies of Cambodian cities. Jan-Peter Mund, Ravi Jayaweera, Hor Sanara, and Michael Waibel present the ambitious project.

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Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

By |2020-03-12T08:22:58+01:00March 12th 2020|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , , |

Around the world, coastal cities are threatened by storms, rising sea levels, and other climate change related hazards. With conventional approaches often both costly and ineffective, nature-based solutions are offering valuable alternatives. One example are the community-based methods developed by the NGO Mangrove Action Project.

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Urban Green Spaces Are Our Most Effective Tool to Improve Urban Life

By |2020-03-10T09:21:05+01:00March 10th 2020|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, , , |

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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How Can Nature-Based Solutions Help Build Resilience of the Urban Poor?

By |2020-03-03T09:31:06+01:00March 3rd 2020|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , , , |

Working with nature within and around cities can protect vulnerable urban residents from climate change impacts and disasters, improve their quality of life, and reduce the impacts of cities on other valuable systems, argues Dr Hannah Reid.

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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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Circular Economy for the Evolution of the Built Environment

By |2019-09-10T11:51:41+02:00September 10th 2019|green & smart development, , , , , |

With massive urbanisation rates worldwide, it is essential that our built environment contributes to sustainable urban planning. Vivek Jaisree Mohandas and Henning Wilts outline how the concept of Circular Economy can be applied to the construction sector.

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

By |2019-05-21T12:38:23+02:00May 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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Building from Scratch and Sand

By |2019-05-07T09:32:30+02:00May 7th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , |

Urban areas around the world face the challenge of delivering affordable housing to ever growing populations. Availability and expenses of both building material and skilled workers are a common hindrance. Turning sand into a revolutionary new building material might offer a solution, writes PolyCare Co-Founder Dr Gerhard Dust.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2019-09-03T11:28:05+02:00May 2nd 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, green & smart development, housing & informality, , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation and urban development in Viet Nam.

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Sustainable Development from Electronic Waste in Lomé, Togo

By |2019-04-24T09:50:49+02:00April 24th 2019|energy & waste, green & smart development, , , , , |

The large amount of electronic waste is a serious challenge in Lomé, Togo. At WoeLab, tech-savvy young people come up with solutions that clean the environment, ensure recycling of electronic waste, and educate residents on how to manage and valorise their electronic waste.

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Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

By |2018-10-18T10:47:43+02:00October 17th 2018|green & smart development, health & education, Uncategorized, urban mobility, , , , , |

Citizens of Mexico City face serious health issues – due to failures in urban planning, says Auribel Villa. Green infrastructure development significantly supports cities' ways towards becoming healthier and thus more liveable.

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