Informality and Social Protection

The End of Housing Insecurity in New Delhi?

By |2024-02-22T10:59:46+01:00February 22nd 2024|

Urban Citizens in India are still struggling with housing inadequacy and (un)affordability. Piyush Tiwari and Jyoti Shukla call on public and private housing institutions to provide equal access to decent and affordable housing.

Conflict and Reconstruction in Cities

From Ashes to Aspirations: Rebuilding Hope Amidst the War in Kharkiv

By |2023-11-08T15:11:14+01:00August 31st 2023|

Kharkiv has been the first and among the most affected cities by the Russian attacks on Ukraine. How do you rebuild a city that is still at war? By Michelle Martin

Conflict and Reconstruction in Cities

Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Mosul: Navigating Challenges and Embracing Lessons in Rebuilding a City

By |2023-11-08T15:11:43+01:00August 22nd 2023|

Mosul, once celebrated as Iraq's cultural and religious heart, faced significant devastation during the occupation by the militant group ISIS and the subsequent battle for liberation. Six years later, ancient landmarks and critical infrastructure are gradually being reconstructed.

Country Series Rwanda

The Construction Industry in Rwanda: Opportunities or Challenges for Urban Growth?

By |2024-01-05T12:57:41+01:00May 16th 2023|

Rwanda’s urban population is rapidly increasing, posing chances and challenges. Enrico Morriello illustrates how the country’s construction industry could pave the way to sustainable urbanisation.

Energy in Cities

Improving Thermal Comfort in Community Buildings in India’s Informal Settlements

By |2024-01-04T16:41:26+01:00April 11th 2023|

India has a long tradition of building climate-friendly houses. But in the case of informal settlements, applying this knowledge presents many difficulties. This leads to intense heat stress for residents. However, there is hope on the horizon, as we highlight an exciting initiative: utilising innovative design solutions for thermal comfort in community buildings in Chennai and Coimbatore - an Urban Living Lab approach.

Cities built4climate

Applying Ancestral Lessons to Contemporary Realities – A Return to Ghana’s Architectural Heritage

By |2024-01-04T16:30:59+01:00November 15th 2022|

Breathing new life into city architecture through native materials and construction techniques will catalyse lasting change and adaptability amidst unpredictable climate change-related incidences. Kweku Addo-Atuah on a return to Ghana's architectural heritage.

Risk and Crisis Management

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other

By |2024-01-04T16:33:24+01:00October 25th 2022|

Echoes of the same story can be heard in cities across the globe – homelessness is on the rise and the cost of housing is increasing at an alarming rate while the availability of decent housing dwindles. Kirsten McRae with recent statistics on the global housing crisis and why we should no longer financialise our most basic human good.

Urban Health

Rebuilding Evicted Kampungs in Jakarta – Restoring Communities, Providing a Better Quality of Life

By |2024-01-04T16:40:13+01:00September 27th 2022|

Forced evictions and displacements should be stopped, but it is not enough. Muhammad Azka Gulsyan wants us to think about how to rebuild the evicted homes, and restore affected communities and their livelihoods. Vertical Kampung-projects in Jakarta show that rebuilding and restoration are possible.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Urban Green Space in Accra’s Informal Settlements: Slum Residents’ Perceptions

By |2024-01-04T16:28:29+01:00July 28th 2022|

Urban Green Spaces (UGS) contribute to the functioning of a city´s urban (eco)system. With the rapid urban expansion and the emergence of new slums, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah and Michael Osei Asibey call to include the residents in protecting UGS.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Offering Affordable Housing in Egypt Through Microfinance

By |2024-01-04T16:28:44+01:00July 26th 2022|

Access to housing finance is an enormous challenge in Egyptian cities. Raed Fares and Safa Ashoub portray the approach by Habitat for Humanity Egypt: a microfinancing programme that also offers technical assistance and ensures to include local communities.

AFFORDABLE CITIES

Land Value Capture: Creating the Financial Means for Affordable Cities

By |2024-01-04T16:29:16+01:00July 19th 2022|

Creating liveable, affordable cities requires significant public investments. How to finance them? The answer may lie in land value capture. This financing tool allows municipalities to recover the land value gains that result from public action such as zoning changes or investment in public infrastructure, to invest them back into the city. Sena Segbedzi, OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative, shares stories of success from all over the world.

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