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 |2019-05-02T08:37:03+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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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+02:00September 4th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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The Human Rights Dimensions of India’s Smart Cities Mission

By |2018-08-16T09:32:32+02:00August 16th 2018|global urban debates, green & smart development, inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , |

Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network argues that India’ Smart Cities Mission lacks a human rights dimension – with highly problematic consequences.

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How to Reduce Nigeria’s Urban Carbon Footprint

By |2018-08-24T09:15:42+02:00July 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, green & smart development, national urban policies, , , , , |

By increasing the share of renewables in Nigeria’s energy production, a growing urban population will be able to attain energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions will go down, says author Ifeoma Malo from Power for All.

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A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By |2018-05-29T14:21:22+02:00May 16th 2018|disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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Zimnina Making: The Urban Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy in the City of Sofia

By |2018-04-19T09:37:17+02:00April 19th 2018|energy & waste, green & smart development, urban agriculture, urban nexus, , , , , |

In the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, many people prepare pickled vegetables (zimnina) for the winter months. This widespread practice touches on basic service issues like water and energy supply, as well as food provisioning for the city’s most vulnerable residents, explains Ralitsa Hiteva from the Resnexus project.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By |2018-04-17T11:05:33+02:00April 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Hotspot Cities

By |2018-01-22T15:14:36+02:00January 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, , , , , , |

In the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, 196 nations have agreed to put 17% of the earth’s surface under protection. Author Richard Weller calls for additional land to be protected in the world’s “hotspots”, where biodiversity is threatened by urban sprawl. In his text, he discusses why regional ecology is an issue for urban planning.

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Why it is worth considering consumer trends among the new middle classes

By |2017-12-07T13:32:08+02:00December 7th 2017|economic development, green & smart development, , , |

With middle classes growing in middle-income countries, the challenge arises how to reconcile increasing consumption with finite resources. Can consumer behaviour be channelled in a way that makes it sustainable? Babette Never reports from a workshop that has explored this question.

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Making Africa’s green cities core of the low carbon and climate resilient future

By |2018-08-02T11:58:48+02:00November 22nd 2017|economic development, green & smart development, , , , |

How Africa as a continent makes cities work for all while realising a low carbon and climate resilient economy, will determine the success of the Paris Agreement, says Sadiq Okoh. In his article, he outlines possible paths to green development.

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