My City in Crisis: The Struggle to Reconstruct

By |2019-12-10T10:28:35+01:00December 10th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, , , , |

As densely populated urban areas like Homs, Raqqa, and Idlib in Syria continue to be the site of years-long armed conflicts, architect Ammar Azzouz argues that cities must not wait for post-conflict reconstruction plans. Rather, amidst destruction, ideas for the cities of tomorrow should be developed.

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Egyptian Eco-Communities: Reintegrating the Homeless

By |2019-10-30T10:30:54+01:00October 30th 2019|housing & informality, , , , |

Homelessness is an issue that countries are struggling to address. Professor Ayman Mosallam’s proposal for building Eco-Communities represents an innovative solution that equips homeless people with new skills and purpose. At the same time, the Eco-Communities also promote sustainable living.

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The Time is Right: Introducing Effective Food Waste Management in the City of Belgrade

By |2019-10-24T10:23:02+02:00October 24th 2019|energy & waste, smart & digital development, , , , |

With thousands of tons of food going to waste every year, Serbia is coming up with solutions to prevent the production of surplus food – and support vulnerable groups with the surplus that is generated anyway.

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Beyond Urban: City-Region Food Systems for Resilient and Sustainable Development

By |2019-10-21T09:48:16+02:00October 17th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

A large share of the world's population lives in urban areas, making cities a major cause of climate change. Food is especially relevant in this regard, calling for strategies that make food systems contribute to urban resilience. How this may look like can be seen when looking at the City Regions Food System presented by Michela Carucci, Roman Malec, and Guido Santini.

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Urban Rural Partnership: A Win-Win Solution Towards Resilient Growth

By |2019-10-15T13:09:33+02:00October 15th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

Strengthening urban rural connections is essential for building resilient infrastructure, claims Rajib Shaw. However, as examples from Japan show, implementation is often hindered by administrative issues, calling for innovations in governance and communications to make urban rural partnerships a reality.

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Does Cultural Heritage Make More Resilient Cities?

By |2019-10-10T10:42:09+02:00October 10th 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

When disasters hit, cultural heritage is often perceived as something passive, something hit by destruction. Conservation architect and risk management expert Rohit Jigyasu argues for a different perception: one that acknowledges the decisive role urban cultural heritage can play both in the prevention and in the outcome of natural disaster, making it an active component of urban resilience.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, , , , , |

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

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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.

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COP24: Outcomes Strengthen Multilevel Governance for Raising Ambition

By |2019-03-28T11:43:01+01:00March 28th 2019|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, , , , |

Multilevel governance is essential to the implementation of resilient infrastructure in cities around the world. For our spotlight on urban infrastructure, Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy and Policy Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, sums up what COP24 holds for local governments' resilience strategies.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+01:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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Collaboration for Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Some Observations from Nepal

By |2018-07-26T14:58:20+02:00July 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, , , , , |

In the fourth part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Kirti Kusum Joshi talks about the need for dialogue between federal, provincial, and local governments in order to reduce Nepal's vulnerability to climate change.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2018-05-29T16:47:30+02:00April 25th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By |2018-04-24T09:41:07+02:00April 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, urban agriculture, , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By |2018-04-17T11:05:33+02:00April 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By |2018-04-12T12:49:48+02:00April 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, public spaces, , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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