Resilient Cities are Green Cities

By |2020-07-02T11:15:52+02:00July 2nd 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health, , , |

COVID-19 has strengthened our understanding of the vital relationship between healthy environments and the need for sustainable infrastructure. Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute reminds us that it is precisely in times of crises that we should commit to more holistic and ambitious green transformations.

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Resilience After Covid19 – A System-Thinking Approach

By |2020-06-22T12:37:21+02:00June 18th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , , , , |

Resilience needs to be a priority in shaping the post-pandemic future, argues David Jácome-Pólit, outlining the advantages of system-thinking in urban planning.

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Housing as Healthcare: COVID-19, Affordable Housing, and Urban Resilience in Asia

By |2020-06-22T12:37:37+02:00June 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , |

To ensure that cities are healthy, residents need access to affordable housing, argues Andrew Jones from Reall – a social enterprise, innovator and impact investor that has been at the forefront of affordable housing for decades.

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Landscape Porosity: Why we need Water-Based Urbanism

By |2020-05-14T08:53:35+02:00April 28th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Creating urban spaces that allow for the free flow and penetration of water and wind is essential to the survival of water-based cities like Bangkok. “Landscape porosity” can help us better understand and defend these urban ecosystems in times of climate change, says Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

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Urban Settings Need New Approaches

By |2020-06-22T12:40:35+02:00December 12th 2019|Economic Development, Energy & Waste, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , , |

The traditional relief-rehabilitation-development paradigm does not hold true in urban conflict zones. A combined approach of long-term support for systems reinforcing short-term support for individuals would meet people’s needs, secure development gains, and represent value for money. The cost of failing to adapt is simply too high, argues Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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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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