Collaborate Groups, projects & programmes, discussions, Q&A

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:07
Authors: Franz Gatzweiler, Executive director of the URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China Email: Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. 
E-mail:   It is a common question we ask ourselves when visiting a new city: Can I imagine living here? Some people choose to live in smaller cities where easy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:17
Heidi Johnson-Wright is an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator who lives in Miami. I got in touch with her to hear her perspective on how our cities can better be designed to accommodate people with disabilities. It's not about high-tech wheelchairs or a sidewalk that is exactly 36 inches wide. It's about listening to the needs of your residents and making your city work for everyone.   Rachel: Tell me about your background and what led you to be an ADA coordinator. Heidi: First of all, I am a person with a disability. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:37
Over 700,000 industrial workers are currently employed directly or indirectly in the garment and footwear sector in Cambodia, 80 percent of them are women and over half of them are recent migrants  to urban areas particularly the capital Phnom Penh. The garment and footwear sector is the largest industrial sub sector in the country and one of the drivers of national growth and development. All workers have to travel too and from work daily by various mode of transport, which all have associated road safety risks and concerns, resulting in a joint initiative between public/government... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:02
Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book The New Localism. In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, gloom, our best hope for our society lies in our cities and metropolitan areas. That’s the message of the newly released book The New Localism, by Bruce Katz, the noted urbanist at the Brookings Institution, and Jeremy Nowak of Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Based on their detailed research into urban trends and initiatives in the United States and around the world, with case studies of Pittsburgh,... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 11:44
Diplomacy and design are both science and art, technical professions that adhere to the rules of politics and physics but celebrate charisma and creativity. The two disciplines are rarely in conversation, lacking common language and institutions. Nonetheless, diplomats and designers increasingly take up the same questions and challenges from climate change to, in the case of this conversation, terrorism. Violence has changed. Since World War II interstate violence has declined, replaced frequently by civil wars and terrorism. Between 1993 and 2000, for instance, the number of terrorist... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 09:49
Stanford Humanities Center international visitor Andrea Jany urges urban planners to consult communities when planning housing. She calls this “participatory planning.” Jany is both a researcher and practitioner in her field. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at Graz University of Technology in Austria and a co-founder of the Institute of Housing Research, where she is a senior researcher in public housing. For almost a decade, she has also managed several affordable housing projects in the state of Styria in Austria. Currently, she is a global collaborator of the Stanford... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:48
Editor's Note: The Communist Party of China has just concluded its 19th National Congress in Beijing. China Daily asked business leaders from major multinational companies for their views on economic developments here and the country's global leadership role. Lim Yoke Loon is Greater China president of The Dow Chemical Company, the second-largest chemical firm in the world and based in the United States. What have been the most encouraging signs about the Chinese economy this year? The country has stepped into the era of the "new normal" where GDP (gross domestic product) growth is measured... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:25
When it comes to the age-old negotiation between local and national governments, African Centre for Cities co-founder Susan Parnell sees two extremes. On the one side are those who believe that cities have all the answers, and that if they were just unshackled from the rules set out by national governments, they could provide robust economies and just societies for all. That vision is crystallized in the late Benjamin Barber’s book “If Mayors Ruled the World.” On the other side are the staunch multilateralists, who believe that postwar institutions such as the United Nations — by definition a... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:58
NAIROBI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Africa is in a crucial time and the successful story of China in linking urbanization and development would be a source of learning for the continent, Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday. With an average GDP per capita of around 2,000 U.S. dollars, the current economic picture in Africa was a little bit like what China was when it initiated the opening-up process in 1978, he said. "Africa has a huge demand for development, with a young population searching for a better... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 16:07
UNITED NATIONS — While the United Nations debates how it can restructure around future urbanization, planners and urbanists continue to go to work on the front lines of that process today. They are developing building codes, coming up with land-use plans and debating zoning changes — the bureaucratic but essential tasks that shape how cities develop and grow. Their needs are at the forefront of Peter Calthorpe’s mind. The San Francisco-based urbanist is principal of Calthorpe Associates, an urban planning and design firm, and a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Calthorpe... Read more