Urban & Metropolitan Governance

Restoring our Sound Equilibrium: Fighting Noise Pollution in Mexico City

By |2020-06-26T11:14:25+02:00June 26th 2020|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , |

Noise is one of the top environmental hazards. Facing ever-growing cities, one wonders: is there anything we can do? Yes, there is. Jimena de Gortari Ludlow, expert in urban acoustics, examines the unique soundscape of the world’s fifth largest city and offers practical solutions.

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An Opportunity to Reshape the World in the Aftermath of the Pandemic – The UCLG Dialogue for the Post-COVID Era

By |2020-07-02T14:33:32+02:00June 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

Acknowledging that the international system needs to change substantially, United Cities and Local Governments Secretary General presents the organisation's political charter for a world after the pandemic.

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Categorising South Africa’s Resilient Urbanisms

By |2020-06-11T08:17:21+02:00June 11th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Urban planning during the apartheid regime specifically designed cities to displace and separate. Ngaka Mosiane, Mamokete Matjomane, and Avhatakali Sithagu argue for a concept of spatial culture that captures this particularity of South Africa's resilient urban history.

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Migrants Hold the Key to Urban Resilience and COVID-19 Recovery

By |2020-06-22T12:37:54+02:00June 2nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , |

Migrants are critical to the resilience of cities all over the world and simultaneously some of the most vulnerable urban dwellers when disaster strikes. Michele Acuto and Daniel Pejic from Connected Cities Lab explain why addressing urban migrant vulnerability strengthens the resilience of cities and fast-tracks our recovery from COVID-19.

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Kampala’s Inspiring Journey Towards a Cycling-Friendly City

By |2020-05-14T11:13:17+02:00May 14th 2020|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

Uganda’s capital leads the way towards an increasingly popular mode of transportation: biking. In times of urbanisation, recent policies indicate a shift towards greater sustainability. Amanda Ngabirano, Vice President of the World Cycling Alliance, highlights the developments in the city of seven hills.

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Designing Streets for People, not for Cars: The Case of Khartoum

By |2020-05-14T09:08:39+02:00May 12th 2020|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Mobility, , , , |

Rapid urbanisation does not have to be a problem as long as we commit to the development of sustainable public spaces. Khalafalla Omer highlights the situation in Khartoum and how urban interventions may improve the future of Sudan’s capital.

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Cooperatively Recovering Water as an Urban Common

By |2020-04-07T07:56:09+02:00April 7th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Water as a common resource that no one should derive profit from – an idea that stands in crass contrast to privatising urban water management. Kostas Nikolaou, professor and activist with the Greek water movement K136, portrays their successful fight against privatisation.

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Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |2020-04-02T08:20:10+02:00April 2nd 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.

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Wellbeing in the Time of Cities: The Sweet City Vision

By |2020-03-24T07:46:07+01:00March 24th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Curridabat, Costa Rica, is dealing with several issues that are common to municipalities around the world. The answer they found, however, is a truly unique one that considers everyone living in Curridabat a city dweller – human or not.

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Phnom Penh: Urban Development Towards a Green City

By |2020-03-19T11:44:52+01:00March 19th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

Research evidences that intact ecosystems within cities considerably improve the quality of citizens' lives. The Cambodian-German project Build4People aims to include urban ecosystems into the long-term urban planning strategies of Cambodian cities. Jan-Peter Mund, Ravi Jayaweera, Hor Sanara, and Michael Waibel present the ambitious project.

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What Are Effects of Integrating Heritage Conservation Into Urban Planning? A Case Study From Battambang, Cambodia

By |2020-02-27T08:53:26+01:00February 27th 2020|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

A country influenced by a history of colonial rule, totalitarian regimes, and civil war, urban planning in Cambodia has to be considered within its specific context. Looking at the city of Battambang, Milena Wald analyses the role of heritage conservation in urban planning processes.

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Connecting Systems of Secondary Cities: The Role of Infrastructure and Inter-City Collaborations

By |2020-02-25T08:53:23+01:00February 25th 2020|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Secondary cities perform essential sub-national functions within national economies as centres of government administration, education, health, resources, and industry production. Both national policies and international programmes need to be adapted accordingly, write Rene Peter Hohmann and Brian Roberts.

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“If it didn’t already exist, WUF would need to be invented” – Interview with Ullrich Sierau, Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund, Germany

By |2020-02-20T09:42:50+01:00February 20th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Last Thursday, the tenth World Urban Forum came to a close in Abu Dhabi. "Cities of Opportunities – Connecting Culture and Innovation" was the forum's theme, making for a week full of exchange and discussion on the various facets of sustainable urbanisation. URBANET spoke to the Lord Mayor of the German city of Dortmund on his key takeaways from the conference.

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Khartoum: Urban Chaos and the Reclaiming of City Character

By |2020-02-13T09:19:26+01:00February 13th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

An integral part of urban culture, the form of cities' built environment has considerable impact on the quality of urban life. Elaborating on the case of Khartoum, Sudan, Khalafalla Omer makes a case for a new approach in urban planning policies.

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How Can Social and Economic Development Spring from Art? A Case Study from Halle (Saale), Germany

By |2020-02-11T09:12:47+01:00February 11th 2020|Economic Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

In Halle, a collective of urban planners, teachers, artists, students, and volunteers painted a whole district with street art and graffiti, demonstrating that these techniques can lead to positive social, cultural, and economic impact in shrinking and neglected areas.

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