Severing Mumbai’s Slums: Structural Violence Through Spatial Transformation

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

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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The city of Yangzhou rebuilds its past to ensure a bright future

By |2018-08-02T12:14:29+00:00February 6th 2018|global urban debates, integrated planning, Tags: , , , , , , |

Preserving cultural heritage while upgrading urban areas can be a challenging task for cities. Analyn Rubenecia and Chenzi Yiyang describe how the city of Yangzhou, China, designed its urban renewable project with an integrated approach. This puts Yangzhou on the right track toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Why should we deal with abandoned urban spaces?

By |2018-08-02T12:16:55+00:00November 29th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, integrated planning, Tags: , , , |

Cities are constantly transforming, and societal development leaves marks in urban space. When industries decline or parts of cities are abandoned due to migration, urban wastelands or gaps in the built environment are left behind. How can cities make use of these empty spaces? Anja Graner looks at repurposing wastelands and the “dense city”.

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What characterises an ideal city, and how do we get there?

By |2017-10-14T15:09:50+00:00June 22nd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, integrated planning, Tags: , , , |

What do we envision the ideal city of the future to be like? How can we approach such an ideal in urban planning? According to Marco Dall’Orso, the (re)creation of urban environments needs to balance and integrate multiple strategies. Taking into account the quality of the socio-economic and built-natural environment, he develops a framework that can be used to analyse a city’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectories for future development.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part II: The Changing Mechanisms of Planning

By |2017-10-14T15:44:20+00:00November 23rd 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, integrated planning, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 second part, she talks about urban building master plans, the land housing market in India's cities and the urban poor.

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Integrated capacity building for urban governance, planning and management

By |2017-10-14T16:21:41+00:00July 21st 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, integrated planning, Tags: , , , , |

To create the best possible outcomes for city projects and planning, local governments need appropriate capacities at all levels. These capacities exist in different forms and in an urban context are arguably especially important on a local level.

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