Restoring our Sound Equilibrium: Fighting Noise Pollution in Mexico City

By |2020-06-26T11:14:25+02:00June 26th 2020|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , |

Noise is one of the top environmental hazards. Facing ever-growing cities, one wonders: is there anything we can do? Yes, there is. Jimena de Gortari Ludlow, expert in urban acoustics, examines the unique soundscape of the world’s fifth largest city and offers practical solutions.

Comments Off on Restoring our Sound Equilibrium: Fighting Noise Pollution in Mexico City

Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |2020-04-02T08:20:10+02:00April 2nd 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.

Comments Off on Why Care About Trees in Cities?

Wellbeing in the Time of Cities: The Sweet City Vision

By |2020-03-24T07:46:07+01:00March 24th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Curridabat, Costa Rica, is dealing with several issues that are common to municipalities around the world. The answer they found, however, is a truly unique one that considers everyone living in Curridabat a city dweller – human or not.

Comments Off on Wellbeing in the Time of Cities: The Sweet City Vision

Visiting and Recognising San Pablo, Ecuador

By |2020-03-09T09:29:04+01:00March 5th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, , , , |

Narrated from a community leader's viewpoint, we take a look at the neighbourhood of San Pablo, Ecuador, where the project "Guardians of the Hill" conserves urban ecosystems while at the same time empowering female community members.

Comments Off on Visiting and Recognising San Pablo, Ecuador

Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: A Status Update from the South

By |2020-01-15T13:21:31+01:00January 14th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Brazil's strategies towards its favelas have varied enormously over time. If they are to be successful in improving people's lives, it is essential that informal settlements are perceived as an integral part of a city, argue Mariana Dias Simpson and Itamar Silva.

Comments Off on Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: A Status Update from the South

The Case for Gender Approaches to Urban Resilience – Experience from Coyuca, Mexico

By |2020-06-22T12:22:52+02:00November 21st 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Youth & Gender, , , |

A commitment to applying a ‘gender perspective’ to climate-smart planning in Coyuca, Mexico, brought to light some uncomfortable truths about bias against women. As a result, local government, researchers, and community members are more aware of how women’s and girls’ wellbeing must be addressed through climate resilience programmes.

Comments Off on The Case for Gender Approaches to Urban Resilience – Experience from Coyuca, Mexico

Empowering Communities to Build Resilience: Quito, Ecuador

By |2019-10-01T09:24:27+02:00October 1st 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

Quito, Ecuador is facing a variety of natural hazards, making it imperative to develop proper resilience strategies. David Jácome Polit, the city's Chief Resilience Officer, explains why any such strategy has to be based on a neighbourhood's social structure.

Comments Off on Empowering Communities to Build Resilience: Quito, Ecuador

A Pulse for Cities: What Makes Open Contracting Essential to Modernizing City Governments

By |2019-08-06T08:57:01+02:00August 6th 2019|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , , , , |

Contracting is an unacknowledged superpower that cities have at their disposal to ensure high-quality service delivery to their citizens. Kathrin Frauscher explains how to go about it.

Comments Off on A Pulse for Cities: What Makes Open Contracting Essential to Modernizing City Governments

Sao Paulo’s Strategy for Organic Waste Management

By |2019-04-11T10:07:39+02:00April 11th 2019|Energy & Waste, , , , , |

In Brazil, Latin America’s largest country in terms of population, the City of Sao Paulo is committed to recycle organics. In 2015, the City embarked on a journey towards separate collection of organics, thus enabling the production of high-quality compost.

Comments Off on Sao Paulo’s Strategy for Organic Waste Management

Escalating to Peace: How a Simple Investment Helped Change the Face of Colombia’s Most Dangerous Neighbourhood

By |2019-03-06T09:48:18+01:00March 6th 2019|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Comuna 13, also known as San Javier, used to be the most dangerous part of Medellín, cut off from the rest of the city and a place to avoid by all means. An ambitious infrastructure project has changed that, turning the district in a tourist destination.

Comments Off on Escalating to Peace: How a Simple Investment Helped Change the Face of Colombia’s Most Dangerous Neighbourhood

An Untapped Pool of Talent: Young Women in Latin America

By |2020-06-22T12:26:06+02:00February 26th 2019|Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , , |

Across Latin America, software developers are urgently needed. Laboratoria, an organisation launched in Lima, Peru, focusses on meeting this demand – and, at the same time, opens urban labour markets for women.

Comments Off on An Untapped Pool of Talent: Young Women in Latin America

Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

By |2020-06-22T12:32:33+02:00October 17th 2018|Green & Smart Development, Health & Education, Uncategorized, Urban Health, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

Citizens of Mexico City face serious health issues – due to failures in urban planning, says Auribel Villa. Green infrastructure development significantly supports cities' ways towards becoming healthier and thus more liveable.

Comments Off on Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

By |2020-06-22T12:32:42+02:00October 4th 2018|Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , , |

Municipal efforts to improve access to health care can reduce existing inequalities in Central America and the Caribbean, says Agustín Muñoz del Guayo.

Comments Off on Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2020-04-08T15:36:57+02:00September 27th 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

Comments Off on Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme
Load More Posts