Spotlight on: Nature-based Solutions

Urban Forestry – How Innovative Approaches Can Help Reach the SDGs

By |2022-12-08T11:11:31+01:00December 6th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health, , , , |

Urban Forestry can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – if its challenges are addressed the right way. Florencia Florido on a new report discussing inventive paths to implement Urban Forestry within European cities.

Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

The Mask of Tradition – The Influence of Modernity on Traditional Indian Architecture

By |2022-12-05T14:40:02+01:00December 1st 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, , , |

Traditional architecture is crucial in adapting to geographical conditions. However, modern materials have become a more popular choice for the masses. According to Farha Shermin and Mainak Gosh, lacking a thorough understanding of both types has led to a confusing typology.

Spotlight on: cop27

Policy and Financing for Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Insights from COP27

By |2022-11-21T11:51:13+01:00November 18th 2022|Governance & Finance, , , , |

November 17 was Solutions Day at the recent climate conference COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. To discuss how to combine financial modalities with city-level policies to facilitate public and private investment in low- and zero-carbon buildings, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development co-hosted an event with the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance. By Laura Puttkamer

Spotlight on: COP27

Needing No Less Than a Revolution – Building For a Sustainable Future Climate

By |2022-11-10T13:56:23+01:00November 8th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , |

To get cities back on track to avoid building towards a climate crisis, actions must start today. Donovan Storey and Etta Madete Mukuba on sustainable design principles, alternative building materials, and technologies.

Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

The ‘Qubba Classroom’: Towards Sustainable Design Solutions in Humanitarian Settings

By |2022-11-02T12:27:01+01:00November 1st 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , , , |

Difficult environmental conditions and scarce economic resources require new building solutions within the context of displacement and humanitarian aid. Andrea Maggiolo and Michael Ulfstjerne discuss chances and challenges based on the example of the ‘Qubba Classroom’ within the Za’atari Village.

It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |2023-01-27T14:20:42+01:00December 22nd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

“We need a new spatial contract”, says Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, inviting participants from all around the globe to ponder sustainability and the question ‘How will we live together’. But how just and sustainable can architecture truly be? A critical review by Aseman G. Bahadori

Towards a Symbiotic Urban Form: the Smart Ruralopolis

By |2021-11-05T12:58:30+01:00November 4th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

A fresh perspective on urban-rural linkages allows us to re-envision urban fringe areas as zones for innovative businesses, growth, and prosperity. By Kaustubh Das

What will be the Post-Pandemic Urban Path?

By |2020-07-21T08:58:50+02:00July 21st 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , |

Urban planners have been quick to imagine the historic changes in urban development the COVID-19 pandemic will bring about. Alexander Jachnow shares his view on the issue, suggesting we look at how much urban planning has changed after previous pandemics.

What Characterises an Ideal City, and How Do We Get There?

By |2021-08-18T11:34:37+02:00June 22nd 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , |

What do we envision the ideal city of the future to be like? How can we approach such an ideal in urban planning? According to Marco Dall’Orso, the (re)creation of urban environments needs to balance and integrate multiple strategies. Taking into account the quality of the socio-economic and built-natural environment, he develops a framework that can be used to analyse a city’s strengths, weaknesses, and possible trajectories for future development.

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.

Live from Quito, Day 4: Closing Day

By |2017-10-14T15:56:15+02:00October 21st 2016|Global Urban Debates, , , , , , |

Yesterday, the Habitat III conference came to an end. As a milestone for sustainable urban development, the delegates adopted the New Urban Agenda. Read URBANET's full report on Quito, Day 4!

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