“An Urban Habitat is Not Only Brick and Mortar”

By |2018-12-05T09:58:57+00:00December 5th 2018|housing & informality, participation, Tags: , , |

Daniel Kerber is the founder and CEO of More than Shelters, a social business that brings a creative and innovative approach to the humanitarian context. Since it was founded in 2012, More than Shelters has been active in various places: parts of Jordan that border on neighbouring Syria, transit routes, and places where migrants and refugees arrive, such as Greece and Berlin, Germany. URBANET asked Daniel Kerber what More than Shelters brings to the housing debate.

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“City Networks Need to Be Membership-Based Organisations”

By |2018-07-23T12:47:11+00:00July 17th 2018|participation, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, Emilia Saiz from UCLG presents her vision for the city network, talking about how the network can best represent local and regional governments in a democratic manner.

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

By |2018-06-21T16:36:04+00:00June 21st 2018|participation, public spaces, Tags: , , , |

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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“We need to be the changemakers in our cities”

By |2018-06-19T11:34:11+00:00June 19th 2018|participation, Tags: , |

URBANET interviewed Shadnaz Azizi, a SDSN Youth Local Pathway Fellow from Tehran, about urban activism in Iran. An urban thinker and advocate, Azizi is passionate about the “in-between spaces” operating between the public and political spheres to campaign for sustainable urban development. She calls for more recognition of the essential role of virtual communities and online platforms in realising sustainable urban development.

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

By |2018-06-14T09:46:59+00:00June 14th 2018|participation, public spaces, Tags: , , |

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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Adopted Spaces: How Social Life on India’s Streets is Increasingly Threatened by Top-down City Planning

By |2018-06-12T10:41:41+00:00June 12th 2018|participation, public spaces, Tags: , , |

In India’s bustling cities, time spent in public spaces is an integral component of everyday life. Street design that focuses on motorised traffic does not take into account this human quality of street life. Instead, local practices and human activity should inform city planning, argues Sneha Mandhan.

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How Nigerian Grassroots Women Promote Sustainable Urban Development

By |2018-06-07T11:55:11+00:00June 7th 2018|participation, Tags: , , |

Women at the grassroots are experts in the challenges that urban communities are facing every day. As they fulfil different roles from working informal jobs to caring for children and senior citizens, their input is essential in localising the New Urban Agenda in a way that it meets the needs of all citizens. Dr. Limota Goroso Giwa reports on the involvement of grassroots women in urban development in Nigeria.

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

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

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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The Talanoa Dialogue: How Cities and Regions Can Deliver on the Promise of the Paris Agreement

By |2018-05-02T11:03:31+00:00April 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, participation, peer learning & co production, Tags: , , , |

Why should urban, regional and national decision-makers alike pay attention to the Talanoa Dialogue? This process, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to align the national and subnational spheres of climate action. Throughout 2018, URBANET will report on the issue in a new series of articles.

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Learning from a Frontrunner: German and U.S. Towns Partner on Climate Action

By |2018-03-12T12:17:01+00:00March 12th 2018|climate change & resilience, participation, Tags: , , , |

Saerbeck, Germany’s award-winning climate protection project serves as a model for many other towns. Ulrich Gunka shows how the municipality, working with its citizens, transformed a former army ammunition depot into a bioenergy park and how it shares their insights with other cities in the world.

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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, Tags: , , , , |

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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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By |2017-10-14T15:20:00+00:00April 13th 2017|governance & finance, participation, Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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Urban Festival in Maputo: Tapping into the potentials of urban citizenry

By |2017-10-14T15:45:16+00:00November 19th 2016|governance & finance, participation, Tags: , , , , , , |

How can citizens become more actively involved in urban development? The Second Urban Festival that took place in Maputo, Mozambique, earlier this month offered various urban actors, stakeholders and inhabitants a multifaceted platform to come together, exchange ideas and jointly reflect upon their city’s development.

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“Participation is a prerequisite for sustainable urban development”

By |2017-10-14T16:08:03+00:00September 28th 2016|governance & finance, participation, Tags: , , , , , |

According to Franziska Schreiber and Kaj Fischer from the think tank adelphi, innovative participation processes make cities more livable. URBANET talked to both urbanisation experts about how municipalities and residents can work together to shape their city.

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