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5 Planning Tips for the Urban Planner of Tomorrow

By |February 11th 2021|Categories: Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

Urban design and city planning is complicated and for experts only? Michael Dehoyos takes us on a stroll through San Francisco and proves that with a little imagination, anyone can become an urban planner.

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Upgrading Precarious Neighbourhoods is Key for Post-Pandemic Recovery

By |February 2nd 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality|Tags: , |

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the planet to ‘stay at home’ and ‘wash hands’. But in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 100 million inhabitants lack adequate housing and sanitation. Could upgrading precarious neighbourhoods hold the key for post-pandemic recovery? By Anacláudia Rossbach et al

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Urban Micro-Lungs: Mini-Forests for Climate, Biodiversity & Wellbeing

By |December 22nd 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Cities have become the main culprit behind environmental degradation. Yet, what if urbanisation was a restorative act of the land, no longer synonymous with ecosystem destruction? Deema Assaf highlights how mini-forests have taken root in urban areas, with the potential of rejuvenating local ecology at an unprecedented speed.

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COVID-19 Responses: The Urban Innovations that are Here to Stay

By |December 1st 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , |

Cities, citizens, and institutions constantly evolve and are typically very resilient – according to Isidora Larraín and Pauline Claramunt. The authors present three urban innovations implemented in cities around the world that may just prove that COVID-19 responses hold the potential to become long-term solutions to long-standing problems, especially in South America.

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Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |November 18th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

The concept of Smart Cities heavily relies on collecting enormous amounts of citizens' data – and thus raises concerns as to what this data can be used for. Brad Smith on dangers, potentials, and everyday means to protect one's privacy.

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Smart City: Is Africa Ready? Echoes from African Urban Slums

By |November 12th 2020|Categories: Economic Development, Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , |

Everyone wants to go smart. But Emana Nsikan-George warns against creating a new class of unfit-for-smart-city urban dwellers, especially when African cities are still struggling with fundamental development goals. A thought-provoking tale of smart fantasies and urban realities.

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