“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

By |2018-08-02T12:43:56+02:00March 30th 2017|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

By |2017-10-14T15:28:38+02:00March 7th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

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Urban Sanity. Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

By |2017-10-14T15:30:21+02:00February 16th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, health & education, , , , , , , |

Does urban living threaten our mental health and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories suggesting that city living causes emotional stress and unhappiness. Our author Todd Litman's review of the research indicates that city living has a variety of impacts on our mental health and happiness that reduce certain risks and increase others.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By |2017-10-25T22:00:46+02:00January 3rd 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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From a shack to a house with water and electricity

By |2017-10-14T15:42:33+02:00December 6th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. In this first part, the focus lies on San Salvador, El Salvador's capital city, where the houses of thousands of families who live in slums are being reconstructed. Since they have gained access to regular water and electricity supply, the living conditions have improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By |2017-10-14T15:43:49+02:00November 29th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, inclusion, , , , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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Collaborating for a geographical information system in Kairouan

By |2017-10-14T15:53:04+02:00November 8th 2016|green & smart development, smart & digital development, , , , , , , , |

For sustainable urban planning, administrative bodies, service providers and citizens need to work together. In Kairouan, Tunisia, different actors are collaborating to put in place a comprehensive geographical information system for their city.

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