By the People, For the People: Social and Environmental Revitalisation of the Caño Martín Peña, Puerto Rico

By |2018-08-27T11:54:29+00:00August 22nd 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , |

Improving the living conditions in low-income communities always entails the threat of gentrification processes, eventually displacing the original residents. Lorena Zárate claims that this is not an inevitable outcome, as can be seen in the success of the Caño Martín Peña Land Use Plan.

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Land Governance: Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Development

By |2018-08-02T15:37:15+00:00August 2nd 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, Tags: , , , , , |

Without land reforms, sustainable urbanisation is set to fail, argues Danilo Antonio from UN-Habitat. In his article, he outlines the conflicting interests around land governance issues and points out ways to secure land access and property rights for all urban dwellers.

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Severing Mumbai’s Slums: Structural Violence Through Spatial Transformation

By |2018-03-15T12:06:56+00:00March 15th 2018|inclusion, integrated planning, Tags: , , |

Almost half of Mumbai’s 12 million inhabitants live in informal settlements—“slums”—that are diverse and vibrant living and working spaces. Though unofficially nurtured by the city, these settlements are officially treated as illegal. Today, Mumbai’s state is radically transforming the city through market-led slum redevelopment. Lalitha Kamath and Himanshu Burte argue that the government is inflicting structural violence on the city’s slum dwellers by reshaping Mumbai’s physical space.

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From a shack to a house with water and electricity

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

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+00:00November 29th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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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“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

By |2017-10-14T15:46:17+00:00November 17th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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The Right to the City: “It is critical to urbanise informal settlements”

By |2017-10-14T16:11:34+00:00September 7th 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , , |

In modern-day cities, issues such as affordable and good housing, or the question of who designs neighborhoods are very relevant and often imply a conflict of interests. URBANET talked to Harvard Loeb Fellow Matthias Nohn about the challenges and chances that cities face, and about what really constitutes the "Right to the City".

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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

By |2017-10-14T16:24:44+00:00July 21st 2016|global urban debates, Tags: , , , , , |

The idea of partnerships plays an important role in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda. But how can local communities have a real chance to participate? In an interview with Urbanet, Rose Molokoane, Deputy President of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), shares her vision of a New Urban Agenda co-created by the urban poor.

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Creating sustainable and liveable cities to support decentralisation in Ghana

By |2017-10-14T16:26:47+00:00July 21st 2016|decentralisation, governance & finance, Tags: , , , , , , , |

Rapid urbanisation accelerated by rural-urban and North-South migration due to economic imbalances causes serious challenges for local authorities in Ghana. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Support for Decentralisation Reforms (SfDR) programme supports the implementation of the Ghanaian decentralisation reforms at regional, district and local level.

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