Urban & Metropolitan Governance

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bangladesh: In Quest of a Decentralised Local Representative Bodies

By |2020-08-04T11:21:53+02:00August 4th 2020|Decentralisation, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Are local government bodies in Bangladesh fully empowered? Dr Mohammad Tarikul Islam investigates this question and makes a case for strengthening local leadership through ensuring funds and participation.

Equity and Access in Times of Pandemic

By |2021-11-04T12:07:29+01:00July 28th 2020|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

The COVID-19 outbreak poses a severe threat to global health and the provision of city services, especially affecting persons with disabilities and older persons. Luis Artieda on challenges and ideas how to tackle them.

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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