Interview: “Diversity is part of our DNA” (Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim)

By |2018-05-08T10:44:47+00:00May 8th 2018|inclusion, participation, , , |

The city of Mannheim has always been an intercultural city with an urban community characterised by diversity. But like many other cities in Germany, Mannheim is feeling the impacts of the sudden influx of refugees in 2015. Through various projects and initiatives, the city strives to maintain an urban society which is characterised by a spirit of openness and understanding. URBANET talked to Mannheim’s mayor Dr. Peter Kurz about the city’s approach to diversity and the chances that can arise from being a diverse city.

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“I believe that technology can foster democracy” – interview with Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin

By |2018-03-26T15:42:32+00:00March 26th 2018|inclusion, smart & digital development, , , , , |

Kalpana Viswanath from Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety, points out what she is currently missing in the smart city debate and explains to URBANET how technology can actually be used in an inclusive way to promote democracy and citizenship.

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Severing Mumbai’s Slums: Structural Violence Through Spatial Transformation

By |2018-03-15T12:06:56+00:00March 15th 2018|inclusion, integrated planning, , , |

Almost half of Mumbai’s 12 million inhabitants live in informal settlements—“slums”—that are diverse and vibrant living and working spaces. Though unofficially nurtured by the city, these settlements are officially treated as illegal. Today, Mumbai’s state is radically transforming the city through market-led slum redevelopment. Lalitha Kamath and Himanshu Burte argue that the government is inflicting structural violence on the city’s slum dwellers by reshaping Mumbai’s physical space.

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Accessible Mobility for All: Development Cooperation For Accessible Public Transportation

By |2018-03-15T12:28:44+00:00March 12th 2018|inclusion, , , , , , |

Accessible public transportation is a critical component of future urban development. Worldwide, more than one billion people live with a disability, and the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050. Countries should prioritise accessible mobility—and development agencies can help by encouraging community participation, sharing best practices, and raising awareness, says Jelena Auracher.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By |2018-03-08T13:36:01+00:00March 7th 2018|global urban debates, inclusion, , , , , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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A Better Climate for Cities: CitiesIPCC Aims to Launch a New Research Agenda

By |2018-03-01T11:39:51+00:00February 28th 2018|global urban debates, housing & informality, inclusion, national urban policies, , , , , , , , |

At next week’s CitiesIPCC conference, the urban and climate communities will brave the cold of Edmonton, Canada, to discuss some of the century’s hottest issues. From March 5-7, more than 700 delegates will seek to close a significant gap in our collective understanding of the role of cities in adapting and responding to climate change, and launch a global research agenda to inform the IPCC. Julie Greenwalt explains how the organising partner Cities Alliance is working to ensure that issues critical to the Global South will be emphasised at this landmark event.

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Hyperlocal Neighbourhood Networks: Building Social Capital and Empowering Local Urban Communities

By |2018-08-02T12:44:23+00:00February 28th 2018|inclusion, participation, , , , , |

It has never been easier to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, wherever they live. Yet most of us still lack a digital infrastructure for connecting with the people living next door. Despite their success in some developed countries, hyperlocal social networks are not a fixture of most local communities. Hence, nebenan.de, Germany’s first hyperlocal communication platform, could offer a model for communities in developing countries seeking to leverage the power of hyperlocal communication to increase social capital, says co-founder Michael Vollmann.

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Safer Cities for Children

By |2018-02-21T11:58:54+00:00February 15th 2018|global urban debates, inclusion, , , , , |

Rapid and unplanned urbanization has many negative consequences, especially for children and young people. Many children live in urban areas without safe spaces to play, learn, and develop. Frank Mischo explains why city leaders and planners must pay more attention to the needs and rights of urban children.

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A “new urban agenda” for displaced communities? Unveiling architecture and urbanism principles to strengthen the Right to the City

By |2017-10-14T15:10:58+00:00June 12th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , |

According to UNHCR, 65.3 million people were displaced due to conflict and persecution in 2016. How can city planning respond to this massive influx of people in a way that meets minimum standards for housing? URBANET's author Fernando Murillo outlines his ideas for inclusive cities that welcome refugees and migrants.

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Women’s Right to the City: Reflections on Inclusive Urban Planning

By |2017-10-14T15:11:30+00:00June 7th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , |

Traditional city design and planning often fails to recognise the complex and unequal relations between men and women in our society, says URBANET's author Ana Falú. While women’s right to the city was largely left unattended until the recent past, it is important to understand that women have always been active participants in the building of cities. Still, many challenges remain. The progress and success of city policies depends on the capacity to ensure equal conditions and opportunities for people of all genders.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By |2017-10-14T15:24:42+00:00March 16th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part II

By |2017-10-14T15:27:38+00:00March 9th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, public spaces, , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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Making Cities Safer for Women and Girls, Part I

By |2017-10-14T15:28:07+00:00March 8th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , |

The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.

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“I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco

By |2017-10-14T15:41:42+00:00December 14th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This third part describes efforts to better integrate and reintegrate migrants, refugees and returning migrants into local life in Morocco.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By |2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00December 1st 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, inclusion, , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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