WUF11: Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future

By |2024-01-04T16:04:49+01:00June 7th 2022|

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), invites you to the 11th edition of the most important global conference on sustainable urbanisation.


“It Is Ok To Not Be Ok” – How A Mental Health Programme Changes A Community

By |2024-01-04T16:20:01+01:00May 19th 2022|

The Friendship Bench is a community-based mental health counselling programme in Zimbabwe. Dr Ruth Verhey reflects on the contributions of such programmes to liveable communities for all.


Citizen Interventions For Sustainable Urban Development in Banja Luka

By |2024-01-04T15:42:03+01:00April 28th 2022|

The question of scale in urban space is one of the most discussed in recent urban discourse. In the framework of multi-scale approaches, the development of ongoing discourse on small-scale urban design, and its application in practice, Igor Kuvač presents examples of small-scale urban interventions in Banja Luka.


Urban Living Labs in Bangkok: Potential for Thai Cities

By |2024-01-04T15:43:03+01:00April 14th 2022|

Traditional, top-down urban planning has failed to meet the needs of urban dwellers in Thailand. Pongpisit Huyakorn, director of Bangkok-based Urban Studies Lab, makes a case for urban living labs as a more people-centred approach.


Urban Labs in Latin America: Participatory and Effective Interventions

By |2024-01-04T15:44:24+01:00April 4th 2022|

A strategy for planning that ensures to include citizens and addresses several challenges at once, urban labs can be found in many cities in Latin America. Simone Sandholz, Lucas de Carvalho Turmena, Jorgelina Hardoy, and Florencia Almansi with some examples from urban labs in Latin America.


Gender-Sensitive Infrastructure Planning Means Better Cities for Everyone

By |2024-01-04T15:17:55+01:00March 3rd 2022|

The demand for infrastructure has recently gained prominence in the global political sphere. Felicity Kitchin, Giulia Maci and Arne Janssen on inclusive infrastructure for inclusive cities.

digitalisation and governance

How to Build the Intelligent City of Tomorrow

By |2024-01-04T15:19:30+01:00February 15th 2022|

Citizens everywhere are increasingly demanding that their cities become more ‘intelligent’ and intuitive. Michal Lakomski, Director of Digitalisation and Cybersecurity of the City of Poznań, on building the smart city of tomorrow.

It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |2024-01-04T15:39:19+01:00December 22nd 2021|

“We need a new spatial contract”, says Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, inviting participants from all around the globe to ponder sustainability and the question ‘How will we live together’. But how just and sustainable can architecture truly be? A critical review by Aseman G. Bahadori

From Timber Cities to Integrated Urban Planning – How to Make Our Cities More Climate-Friendly

By |2024-01-04T15:11:48+01:00November 18th 2021|

The 11th of November was Cities Day at the recent climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. Together with BMZ and Cities Alliance, GIZ organised an event entitled “Cities built4climate – Shaping the global transformation in construction”. Considering that the construction sector is responsible for about 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions, it is particularly relevant to find ways to cut down emissions in construction.

Cities CHALLENGE: What Does a Sustainable and Resilient Community Look Like?

By |2024-01-04T15:14:53+01:00October 14th 2021|

Accompanying the launch of the GIZ Cities CHALLENGE interactive ePaper, Andrea Renger, David Stoffel, and Anastasiya Shadkhina present key facts from the ideas competition and emphases cities' critical role in advancing global agendas.

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