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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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Building Back Better: The Future of Construction

By |January 28th 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste|Tags: |

Zero carbon buildings and construction are essential to meet the Paris Agreement goals, improve climate resilience and create jobs as part of COVID-19 recovery. However, the buildings and construction sector is not living up to its potential. What can be done? By Martina Otto

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Local Value Addition in India’s and Indonesia’s Construction Raw Materials Sectors

By |January 26th 2021|Categories: Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development|Tags: , , , |

Construction raw materials are a source for local value addition – if their potential is fully tapped. The sector project "Extractives and Development" of the “The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources" (BGR) presents its research results – and emphasises the need to pay special attention to labour rights and environmental protection.

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Climate Information for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Planning

By |January 20th 2021|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , |

The impact of climate change is especially concentrated in urban areas and is projected to increase in the future. Using climate information in urban planning, however, can build resilient cities and enable sustainable development. By Saskia Buchholz from the German Meteorological Service.

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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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Combatting COVID-19, Cars, And Climate Change Through Innovations in Urban Mobility

By |December 15th 2020|Categories: Urban Health, Urban Mobility|Tags: , , |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cities saw that another urban transport is possible – can they make it last? Chris Dekki on the resilient and innovative nature of urban settlements.

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3D Printing and Cities of the Future

By |December 10th 2020|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , |

Сan additive manufacturing technologies help to build sustainable cities of the future and to provide more affordable housing options for everyone? Amadu Sou shows how 3D printing can be applied in cutting-edge urban development.

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Innovation Through Inclusion – Partnerships for a New Climate Reality

By |December 8th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

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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