Urban & Metropolitan Governance

Positioning Medellín for a more Sustainable Future

By |2021-07-13T11:49:43+02:00July 13th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Many transitional cities have worked hard to develop planning tools that make a difference in people’s lives. And while Colombia’s “City of Eternal Spring”, Medellín, has made significant progress, it should now take it to the next level to become fully compatible with global sustainability agendas. By Santiago Mejía-Dugand

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Localising the SDGs: A Call for Urban Equality as a Guiding Principle

By |2021-07-06T10:26:45+02:00July 6th 2021|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Localising the global Sustainable Development Goals presents key challenges to policymakers everywhere. An ‘Urban Equality lens’ however, may help navigate some of the tensions, contradictions, and gaps in the Agenda. By KNOW Investigators

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Climate Change Adaptation in Spain: When a Plan is not Enough

By |2021-06-22T08:36:07+02:00June 1st 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough to reduce the effects of climate change, making climate adaptation – the process of adjustment to climate change and entailing hazards – necessary. Cristina Bernal Aparicio takes a look at Spain's climate adaptation plan, its flaws, and its potential.

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Jordan’s Swelling Cities: No More Time for Procrastination!

By |2021-05-12T11:19:00+02:00May 12th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Challenges to residents, resources, and the environment alike: Mohammad Asfour shares his observations on Jordan's rapid urbanisation.

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Cities Are Still Not Doing Enough to Reduce Air Pollution

By |2021-07-12T16:12:54+02:00May 4th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

Despite scientific evidence of the relation between air pollution and premature deaths, cities are hesitant to take bold action for clean air. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Sasha Khomenko on reasons and perspectives.

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Spatial Fragmentation in Nairobi City; the Elephant in the Room

By |2021-04-29T10:41:05+02:00April 29th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Nairobi is recognised to be among the rapidly urbanising and growing economies in East and Central Africa. Eunice Jimmy reviews the city's spatial, economic, and social structure, uncovering its dual nature of formal/informal, planned/unplanned, and connected/disconnected fragments, hence Nairobi's spatial fragmentation.

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Rethinking “Fortress Europe”: Public Spaces from Idomeni to Thessaloniki, Greece

By |2021-04-20T08:45:40+02:00April 20th 2021|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

After years of ongoing crisis, the once called temporary measures at the EU borders have become constant ones: the Fortress Europe has solidified. Isabell Enssle presents the effects the fortified border has for communities and public spaces from the North Macedonian-Greek borderline to the city of Thessaloniki, linking them with a tool kit for inclusive public spaces.

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Energy Efficiency Policies and Net-Zero Ambitions: Collaborative Public-Private Partnerships Across Latin America

By |2021-02-24T09:14:35+01:00February 24th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Juanita Alvarez outlines how the Green Building Councils of Latin America employed Public Private Partnerships to join forces for sustainable development.

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Planning for Growth: How to Manage Rapid Urbanisation

By |2021-02-18T09:28:51+01:00February 18th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Rapid urbanisation is leading to quick spatial expansion in cities across Africa – but cities are largely failing to manage this growth. Urban expansion planning is a tested and pragmatic strategy that cities can use to organise their urban peripheries. By Patrick Lamson-Hall

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Innovation Through Inclusion – Partnerships for a New Climate Reality

By |2020-12-08T09:06:23+01:00December 8th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

To successfully battle climate change, urban governance needs to empower vulnerable communities – and make sure to include their ideas and knowledge into urban planning mechanisms.

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Addressing the Housing Affordability Challenge: A Shared Responsibility

By |2020-10-31T11:31:28+01:00October 31st 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, |

On World Cities Day, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, presents some recommendations on how to ensure affordable, accessible, and adequate housing for all.

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Unplanned Housing in Bangladesh: The Problem with Housing Societies

By |2020-10-13T11:02:07+02:00October 13th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

When the government can’t provide sufficient housing, private co-operatives seem like a good idea – until they are not. Dr Mohammad Rezaul Karim provides a rare insight into the housing situation in urban Bangladesh and the consequences of unplanned housing.

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An Epidemic Might Cure Venice

By |2020-09-22T11:08:01+02:00September 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Researchers from MIT Civic Data Design Lab investigate Venice's tourism dynamics by employing spatial data on urban form and tourist facilities. Their goal is to envision what Venice's post-pandemic urban life could look like.

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More Inclusive Cities for a Better Urban Future: Participatory Planning in Indonesia

By |2020-08-20T11:23:42+02:00August 20th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Participatory budgeting in Indonesia is not new, but policy makers still rarely consult with citizens on large-scale urban projects – even though it leads to better and more sustainable results. John Taylor and Ahmad Rifai make a strong case for embracing people-based budgets.

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Inclusive Policies need Inclusive Policymaking – Participatory Budgeting in Cameroon

By |2020-08-11T11:22:59+02:00August 11th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Participatory Budgeting bridges the gap between governments and their people. Jules Dumas Nguebou and Achille Noupéou uncover what happens when disadvantaged Cameroonians suddenly have a say over city spending.

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