Green & Smart Development

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

Last Mile Deliveries: How Far Can We Go?

By |2022-04-19T09:45:39+02:00April 19th 2022|Green & Smart Development, Urban Mobility, , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns have put immense pressure on global logistics: movement came to a halt while demand for goods remained the same. How can this demand be met in cities without causing a traffic nightmare – especially thinking about last mile deliveries? Payal Pandya shares some ideas from Dublin, Ireland.

SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

For Cities With The Courage To Try, Anything Is Possible: Small-Scale Test Actions Towards A More Circular Economy

By |2022-04-11T10:17:44+02:00April 11th 2022|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Many cities carry out small-scale test actions, seeking to accelerate their transition to a more circular economy. Eileen Crowley reflects on the limitless advantages and opportunities provided to cities that are willing to embrace a culture of experimentation.

SPOTLIGHT ON: DIGITALISATION AND GOVERNANCE

Participation and Digital Tools Fulfil the Quest for Better Quality of Life in Cities

By |2022-02-24T13:26:49+01:00February 24th 2022|Governance & Finance, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Lack of communication between citizens and municipal administrations can seriously hinder the sustainable development of urban environments. Digital tools are here to help, to increase people’s participation in co-creating more liveable, human-centred cities.

Towards a Symbiotic Urban Form: the Smart Ruralopolis

By |2021-11-05T12:58:30+01:00November 4th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

A fresh perspective on urban-rural linkages allows us to re-envision urban fringe areas as zones for innovative businesses, growth, and prosperity. By Kaustubh Das

Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages in Kenya for Increased Resilience

By |2021-11-10T09:13:31+01:00November 2nd 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Country-wide sustainable solutions can be assured only if regional connectivity and urban-rural linkages that support livelihoods in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities are considered alongside urban and regional growth strategies. Vassiliki Kravva and Ben Smith present an example from the UK-funded Sustainable Urban Economic Programme (SUED) in Kenya.

Understanding Dynamics of Urban Poverty in Nigeria: What Role for Urban Governance?

By |2021-09-14T11:54:41+02:00September 14th 2021|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

How are rapid urbanisation, urban poverty, and slums' emergence interconnected in Nigeria? And what areas of urban governance should local governments focus on if they are to successfully tackle urban poverty? Bassey Bassey shares some reflections.

Civic Technology for Participatory Cities of the Future

By |2021-08-23T10:33:43+02:00August 17th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Advanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, cities are experiencing a surge in technological innovation. Among them, civic technologies hold promising solutions towards more citizen participation, argues Francesca Esses.

Regenerative Cities: Co-Evolving with Our Planet

By |2021-02-09T11:47:45+01:00February 9th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Sustainability should be more than just finding ways that allow us to continue our current lifestyle, argues Chrisna du Plessis. Regenerative design strives for a future where human civilisation evolves as one part of nature that is following its own laws of circularity.

3D Printing and Cities of the Future

By |2020-12-22T15:45:03+01:00December 10th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Сan additive manufacturing technologies help to build sustainable cities of the future and to provide more affordable housing options for everyone? Amadu Sou shows how 3D printing can be applied in cutting-edge urban development.

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.

Can Cities Become Car-Free After the Covid19 Pandemic?

By |2020-05-28T08:27:15+02:00May 28th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban Mobility, , , , |

In the course of the COVID19 pandemic, many cities are rethinking their transport systems. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen outlines challenges and solutions and argues that this is the time to boost the concept of a car-free city.

Encouraging Greater Walking and Cycling in Tshwane

By |2020-06-02T13:24:16+02:00May 26th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban Mobility, , , |

Tshwane, South Africa, wants to encourage walking and cycling among its residents. Michael Kihato from C40 Cities Finance Facility outlines challenges and solutions in one of the country's three capitals.

Circular Economies as an Answer to the Waste Crisis: Lessons Learnt

By |2020-04-21T08:42:07+02:00April 21st 2020|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

The world’s cities have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability efforts and tackling climate change. Effective waste management lies at the very core of these ambitions, says Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute.

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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