What is Next for Cities and Climate? Three Established Strategies for Advancing Climate Collaborations

By |2021-05-27T08:15:25+02:00May 27th 2021|Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

With climate change impacts intensifying in the coming years, governmental action is now needed more than ever. Paola Adriázola introduces proven collaborative strategies for municipalities and regions around the world.

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

By |2021-01-26T07:54:03+01:00January 26th 2021|Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development, , , , |

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.

Why Housing Matters: The Impact of Affordable Housing for People on Low Incomes

By |2020-10-15T10:10:25+02:00October 15th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , |

Good and affordable housing is key to people’s well-being. Andrew Jones presents the latest research from social enterprise Reall and unpacks what impact it has on the bottom 40 per cent of the income pyramid.

Building Resilience from the Ground Up: Indonesia’s Coastal Cities

By |2020-09-15T10:19:18+02:00September 15th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, , , |

As one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise, Indonesia’s archipelago may be a wellspring of solutions for the future of coastal cities in the region. It has to start from the ground up argues Barry Beagen, Programme Director at Kota Kita Foundation.

Housing as Healthcare: COVID-19, Affordable Housing, and Urban Resilience in Asia

By |2020-06-22T12:37:37+02:00June 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , |

To ensure that cities are healthy, residents need access to affordable housing, argues Andrew Jones from Reall – a social enterprise, innovator and impact investor that has been at the forefront of affordable housing for decades.

Circular Economies as an Answer to the Waste Crisis: Lessons Learnt

By |2020-04-21T08:42:07+02:00April 21st 2020|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

The world’s cities have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability efforts and tackling climate change. Effective waste management lies at the very core of these ambitions, says Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute.

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.

A Green Sponge in the City – Nature-Based Solutions Benefitting Urban Planning

By |2020-03-17T09:26:55+01:00March 17th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , |

With cities continuously more threatened by climate change induced disasters, urban planning's reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites our readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.

What Are Effects of Integrating Heritage Conservation Into Urban Planning? A Case Study From Battambang, Cambodia

By |2021-11-05T12:43:18+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.

When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 2

By |2019-05-14T10:06:30+02:00May 14th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 1

By |2019-05-15T10:19:54+02:00May 9th 2019|Housing & Informality, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

Sustainable Integrated Waste Management: Aiming at the Source Rather than the End

By |2019-04-25T09:54:32+02:00April 25th 2019|Energy & Waste, , , , , , |

To achieve sustainable integrated waste management, municipalities need to move away from end-of-pipe approaches. What is rather needed are softer approaches that set incentives for sustainable waste management at an early stage of waste handling.

A Place Like Too Many Others: Gender Inequality in Bawana, Delhi

By |2020-06-22T12:24:34+02:00March 8th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Water & Sanitation, Youth & Gender, , , , , , , |

In urban settlements around the world, city administrations struggle, and often fail, to provide essential services, safe spaces, and socio-economic securities to residents. While this poses difficulties and dangers to all inhabitants, the consequences of such neglect are especially severe for low-income women and girls.

The Shape of Economic Growth

By |2019-01-24T13:52:41+01:00January 22nd 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , , , |

With more and more people moving to cities, the question arises how to organise urban expansion in a way that ensures economic growth and quality of life. Nina Harari discusses which urban configurations can best accommodate urban growth and whether a city's shape influences its economic development.

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