The Future of the Brazilian City Statute

By |2021-09-30T10:42:18+02:00September 30th 2021|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

On the 20th anniversary of the City Statute, it is essential to reflect on its legacy of social inclusion in Brazilian cities, recognise its strategic role within national urban frameworks throughout the world and understand how a more radical transformation of our cities can be inspired by mechanisms that this legislation offers.

Lifelong Learning and Participatory Governance: The Learning City Initiative

By |2021-09-21T10:29:37+02:00September 21st 2021|Categories: Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , |

Cities have immense potential to foster capacities for lifelong learning, argues Raúl Valdés-Cotera from the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Blended Data Infrastructures and Localisation: Smart Urbanism in the Age of Pandemic

By |2021-08-16T18:01:58+02:00August 11th 2021|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Smart city initiatives have played an increasingly prominent role in urban planning. However, there remains a fundamental gap between data driven urban governance and promoting inclusivity. Jaideep Gupte argues that cities that prioritise citizens over technologies are likely to be the ‘smartest’ and most liveable.

Spatial Fragmentation in Nairobi City; the Elephant in the Room

By |2021-04-29T10:41:05+02:00April 29th 2021|Categories: Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

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.

Sparking Transformation Towards Inclusive Cities in a Post-Pandemic World

By |2021-04-27T11:03:33+02:00April 27th 2021|Categories: Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

The global pandemic presents us with many challenges. But the current digital transformation may also be a powerful tool for inclusive city planning. Ramola Naik Singru from the Asian Development Bank highlights key learnings.

Rethinking “Fortress Europe”: Public Spaces from Idomeni to Thessaloniki, Greece

By |2021-04-20T08:45:40+02:00April 20th 2021|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

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.

Right to the City: Informal Workers and Public Space in Mexico City

By |2021-04-15T09:33:45+02:00April 15th 2021|Categories: Decent Work|Tags: , , , |

The informal economy contributes significantly to the wealth of many cities worldwide, but local legislators rarely recognise the rights of informal workers to use public space. Tania Espinosa Sánchez from WIEGO shares critical insights from Ciudad de México.

Safe and Beautiful Public Spaces? Necessity Not Luxury!

By |2021-04-13T11:23:44+02:00April 12th 2021|Categories: Multi Stakeholder Partnerships|Tags: , , , |

Public spaces are more important than ever – and cities need to find ways to co-create spaces that are accessible for everyone. Public Space Network meets this challenge by spearheading community-based transformation in Nairobi. By Ivy Njambi Maina

Realising Inclusive Cities by Rethinking Urban Mobility

By |2021-04-08T13:53:21+02:00April 8th 2021|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Urban Mobility|Tags: , , |

Inclusion has always been a conscious policy choice. Christopher Dekki reveals how cities around the world are increasingly prioritising the mobility needs of a select few rather than providing safe and accessible spaces for all.

Learning from Latin America’s Informal Settlements and Urban Policies

By |2021-03-18T11:23:13+01:00March 18th 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality|Tags: , , , |

Informal housing is a common phenomenon in Latin America, and governmental regulations are designed to counteract it. However, some of them have had the opposite effect. Cynthia Goytia on its underlying dynamics and a necessary shift in urban policies.

Do Land-Based Commons Lead to More Inclusive Cities in the Global South?

By |2021-03-04T10:47:03+01:00March 4th 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , |

What is the impact of land-based commons on tenure security and on progresses toward “inclusive cities”? Eric Denis, Claire Simonneau, and Irène Salenson explore cases of collective housing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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