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[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:03
Nairobi, 29 June, 2011 - In its quest for safer cities around the world, UN-HABITAT has been working with the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, to produce a new set of guidelines aimed at the Spanish-speaking world, where many cities, especially in Latin America, are notorious for high levels of violence and crime. "Improving a neighbourhood involves an overhaul of all dimensions of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:58
Despite having the world's most energy efficient, least polluting auto fleet, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector continue to rise in Sweden. Professor Firmin DeBrabander, chair of Maryland Institute of Art's Humanistic Studies, doesn't oppose energy efficiency or green technology, but wants to "reform our absurd consumption habits." "Through generous subsidies, Sweden... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:48
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual "Best Tall Building" awards for 2011. These awards recognize outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions, and this year are awarded to: "New York by Gehry" at Eight Spruce Street, New York (Americas); Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou (Asia &... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:11
Predictable cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland are in the Top 10, but cities like San Diego and San Jose also hold prominent spots on the list. Boyd Cohen, CEO of CO2 IMPACT, a carbon origination company based in Vancouver, Canada, breaks down what these cities have done to reduce carbon emissions. Denver is #5: "According to a city press release, Denver's Fast Track "is the most... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:02
Travertine City would house 35,000 residents on the shores of the Salton Sea, California's largest - and most unpleasant - body of water. Developers claim that it will be a model of sustainability. Josh Stephens sets the scene: "With a surface level at 227 feet below sea level and shoreline temperatures often rising past 120 degrees, the Salton Sea could be mistaken for the headwaters of the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 15:03
The event would revolve around the theme: “Bridging Cities, Transforming Lives." Aligned with the goals of the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, the theme articulates the commitment of the Philippine cities to be more proactive in the pursuit of sustainable development. It also recognizes the major role of cities worldwide in providing high quality public services and shaping the development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:37
TISA The Informal School of Architecture in Cova do Vapor, Portugal Mission: To document, value and strengthen architecture without architects. 'After publishing the Incremental Housing Strategy in India, Urban Nouveau received love letters by students from all over the world. These students identified themselves with our organic process driven by reality, in a deep connection with local people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:10
Through a collaborative process with other actors, the Federation has managed to influence Temeke Municipal Council and the Ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development to reduce the plot sizes from the minimum of 400 square meters to 150 square meters. This is being implemented at Chamazi resettlement housing project. Furthermore the Federation has also participated in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 11:58
Many members of the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation were among the victims of Zimbabwe’s infamous Operation Murambatsvina in 2005. Then, over 700,000 were displaced nationwide by a government program of evicting primarily informal urban dwellers. Since then, the Federation has rebuilt its membership by mobilizing new savings schemes, and reconstituting old ones. There are currently over 42,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 11:26
SDI federations have long understood the strategic importance of brokering partnerships with local government. This stems from the understanding that in order to scale up federation practices, experiences, and learning, the formal government has to be engaged actively. At the end of April, SDI’s Zimbabwean affiliate federation — Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation — and support organization —... Read more