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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Why Culture Matters in the Reconstruction and Recovery of Cities

By |2020-02-04T09:22:00+01:00February 4th 2020|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

With an ever bigger urban population being affected by both natural hazards and armed conflict, policy makers and practitioners need to develop effective strategies for the reconstruction and recovery of cities. Ahmed Eiweida, Christianna Brotsis, and Yuna Chun argue that it is imperative for such strategies to take culture into account.

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Safe and Quality Housing at Your Digital Fingertips

By |2020-01-28T08:52:53+01:00January 28th 2020|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Rakhi Mehra reveals the story behind a pioneering digital tool that wants to help revolutionise the quality of informal housing. After a few clicks, users receive a customised construction manual and cost-overview with the aim of ensuring that their house meets the safety requirements it needs to stand the test of time.

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Participatory Slum Upgrading in Mumbai

By |2020-01-23T09:26:24+01:00January 23rd 2020|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

India’s financial centre is one of the densest cities in the world and also home to a number of slums with urgent need for improvements. Trupti Amritwar Vaitla, CEO of the Mumbai Environmental Social Network, highlights a few of their innovative slum upgrading projects that have a participatory element at their core.

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Climate Change: What Happens to People Living in Informal Settlements?

By |2020-01-16T09:37:58+01:00January 16th 2020|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

At COP25, the Desk Officer for Sustainable Urban Development at MISEREOR, Clara-Luisa Weichelt, talked to Emanuela Barbiroglio about the challenges of addressing climate change in informal settlements and human-rights based solutions.

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