It’s Just Architecture! The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021

By |2022-01-04T11:47:46+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

From Timber Cities to Integrated Urban Planning – How to Make Our Cities More Climate-Friendly

By |2021-11-18T10:20:12+01:00November 18th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, , , |

The 11th of November was Cities Day at the recent climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. Together with BMZ and Cities Alliance, GIZ organised an event entitled “Cities built4climate – Shaping the global transformation in construction”. Considering that the construction sector is responsible for about 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions, it is particularly relevant to find ways to cut down emissions in construction.

Energy Efficiency Policies and Net-Zero Ambitions: Collaborative Public-Private Partnerships Across Latin America

By |2021-02-24T09:14:35+01:00February 24th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Juanita Alvarez outlines how the Green Building Councils of Latin America employed Public Private Partnerships to join forces for sustainable development.

Planning for Growth: How to Manage Rapid Urbanisation

By |2021-02-18T09:28:51+01:00February 18th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Rapid urbanisation is leading to quick spatial expansion in cities across Africa – but cities are largely failing to manage this growth. Urban expansion planning is a tested and pragmatic strategy that cities can use to organise their urban peripheries. By Patrick Lamson-Hall

Maximising the Impact of Urban Development in Cairo’s Informal Settlements

By |2021-11-04T16:19:25+01:00February 16th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, , , |

International development efforts must be designed with long-term impacts in mind. Dr Hassan Elmouelhi provides insights into the Egyptian context and asks an all-important question: Is international development overlooking critical opportunities? 

Regenerative Cities: Co-Evolving with Our Planet

By |2021-02-09T11:47:45+01:00February 9th 2021|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Sustainability should be more than just finding ways that allow us to continue our current lifestyle, argues Chrisna du Plessis. Regenerative design strives for a future where human civilisation evolves as one part of nature that is following its own laws of circularity.

What We Build Today Will Form the Africa and Africans of Tomorrow

By |2021-02-04T08:47:07+01:00February 4th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Green buildings are a crucial part of fighting climate change. Elizabeth Wangeci Chege from the Kenya Green Building Society explores which measures help to achieve sustainable building and construction in Kenya.

Upgrading Precarious Neighbourhoods is Key for Post-Pandemic Recovery

By |2021-09-30T14:50:22+02:00February 2nd 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Global Urban Debates, Housing & Informality, , |

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the planet to ‘stay at home’ and ‘wash hands’. But in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 100 million inhabitants lack adequate housing and sanitation. Could upgrading precarious neighbourhoods hold the key for post-pandemic recovery? By Anacláudia Rossbach et al

Building Back Better: The Future of Construction

By |2021-11-05T11:33:30+01:00January 28th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, |

Zero carbon buildings and construction are essential to meet the Paris Agreement goals, improve climate resilience and create jobs as part of COVID-19 recovery. However, the buildings and construction sector is not living up to its potential. What can be done? By Martina Otto

Local Value Addition in India’s and Indonesia’s Construction Raw Materials Sectors

By |2021-01-26T07:54:03+01:00January 26th 2021|Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development, , , , |

Construction raw materials are a source for local value addition – if their potential is fully tapped. The sector project "Extractives and Development" of the “The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources" (BGR) presents its research results – and emphasises the need to pay special attention to labour rights and environmental protection.

Climate Information for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Planning

By |2021-01-20T10:42:57+01:00January 20th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, , |

The impact of climate change is especially concentrated in urban areas and is projected to increase in the future. Using climate information in urban planning, however, can build resilient cities and enable sustainable development. By Saskia Buchholz from the German Meteorological Service.

Circular Economy for the Evolution of the Built Environment

By |2021-11-03T14:53:41+01:00September 10th 2019|Green & Smart Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

With massive urbanisation rates worldwide, it is essential that our built environment contributes to sustainable urban planning. Vivek Jaisree Mohandas and Henning Wilts outline how the concept of Circular Economy can be applied to the construction sector.

How Can Urban Flood Management in Vietnam Become More Sustainable?

By |2021-11-04T12:13:16+01:00May 28th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

More than one third of Vietnam's population is living in cities, requiring effective sanitation and stormwater services. Yet their provision is limited, with an estimation of less than 10 per cent of wastewater being treated in urban areas. Sebastian Malter argues that a diversification of drainage systems will support sustainable urban development.

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