Migration: An Essential Pillar of Human Civilisation

By |2018-12-11T10:44:57+00:00December 11th 2018|global urban debates, Tags: , , |

Migration has always been a catalyst of knowledge, of culture, of science – an aspect that often goes unmentioned in the recent, heated debates on migration. On the occasion of the Global Compact for Migration, Christopher Dekki outlines how important migration is to urban areas, while at the same time emphasising the role cities and communities have to play in these dynamics.

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“An Urban Habitat is Not Only Brick and Mortar”

By |2018-12-05T09:58:57+00:00December 5th 2018|housing & informality, participation, Tags: , , |

Daniel Kerber is the founder and CEO of More than Shelters, a social business that brings a creative and innovative approach to the humanitarian context. Since it was founded in 2012, More than Shelters has been active in various places: parts of Jordan that border on neighbouring Syria, transit routes, and places where migrants and refugees arrive, such as Greece and Berlin, Germany. URBANET asked Daniel Kerber what More than Shelters brings to the housing debate.

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New approaches for pressing challenges

By |2017-10-14T15:05:04+00:00August 8th 2017|governance & finance, peer learning & co production, Tags: , , , , , |

Most people who are fleeing the war in Syria find shelter in the neighbouring countries. Their host communities are facing the challenge of providing services to a growing population, especially concerning water and energy supply and waste management. A partnership programme makes it possible for municipalities to exchange knowledge and jointly work on solutions.

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A “new urban agenda” for displaced communities? Unveiling architecture and urbanism principles to strengthen the Right to the City

By |2017-10-14T15:10:58+00:00June 12th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , , |

According to UNHCR, 65.3 million people were displaced due to conflict and persecution in 2016. How can city planning respond to this massive influx of people in a way that meets minimum standards for housing? URBANET's author Fernando Murillo outlines his ideas for inclusive cities that welcome refugees and migrants.

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“Soon 20 percent of the land of Southern Bangladesh may be gone forever” – An interview with ANM Safiqul Alam, MD of Geomark

By |2017-10-25T22:00:34+00:00January 17th 2017|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , |

Bangladeshi cities do not only have to face difficult climate conditions, but also increasing waves of urban migration and the problems associated with that. URBANET spoke to ANM Safiqul Alam, managing director of the software and planning company Geomark, about how Bangladesh is facing these challenges and why he is hopeful for the future of the country.

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“I want to stay.” New perspectives for migrants and refugees in Morocco

By |2017-10-14T15:41:42+00:00December 14th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This third part describes efforts to better integrate and reintegrate migrants, refugees and returning migrants into local life in Morocco.

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Good partnerships – An interview with Brigitte Riegelbauer, mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg

By |2018-08-02T12:16:10+00:00November 10th 2016|governance & finance, peer learning & co production, Tags: , , , , , , |

Town twinnings play an important role when it comes to mutual understanding and learning processes. In an interview with Imme Scheit, head of administration and deputy chief officer of the mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg Brigitte Riegelbauer explains how these partnerships can be successfully implemented.

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