Green & Smart Development

Circular Economy for the Evolution of the Built Environment

By |2021-02-22T15:20:49+01:00September 10th 2019|Green & Smart Development, Smart & Digital 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 |2021-02-23T15:59:10+01:00May 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: Urbanisation and Urban Development in Viet Nam

By |2021-05-10T11:50:51+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 |2021-02-23T13:30:41+01:00October 17th 2018|Green & Smart Development, Urban Health, 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 |2021-02-22T13:01:40+01:00August 16th 2018|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, 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 |2021-02-23T14:01:45+01:00July 24th 2018|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

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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Reviving the City: How an Asphalt Plant Turned Into a Public Park

By |2021-02-22T13:22:08+01:00June 21st 2018|Green & Smart Development, , , , , |

In Mexico City, residents organised to convince the city government to build a public park instead of developing an area for office buildings. The Parque Imán can serve as an example for successfully greening neighbourhoods, and reclaiming public space in a participatory and transparent manner.

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“It’s a public space, so we shouldn’t lose it”

By |2021-02-23T15:09:17+01:00June 14th 2018|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , , |

The privatisation of public spaces often conflicts with the interests of the general public. So, what can inhabitants do to fight such privatisation processes? URBANET talked to Alissa Raj from Transition TTDI, a residents’ initiative that advocates for keeping a community park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, public.

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

By |2021-02-22T12:41:19+01:00May 16th 2018|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 |2021-02-22T13:40:16+01:00April 19th 2018|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , , |

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 |2021-02-23T13:43:47+01:00April 17th 2018|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

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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