Urban And Environmental Planning

By Matt Cullinan | MCA Urban and Environmental Planners

Complex Adaptive Cities

Complex adaptive systems are hard to understand. Messy and complicated, they cannot be broken down into smaller bits. It would be easier to ignore …

Cities

How can compact cities keep house prices under control?

In 1860, George Francis Train, an eccentric American rail magnate who seemed to be in the grip of some form of some form of nominative determinism, …

London

Why do people respond better to some places than others?

For the last few years, one of the big ideas in the world of urbanism has been ‘agglomeration’: the theory that, when it comes to city economics, …

Cities

Integrating Formal and Informal Transportation Services into a Hybrid Network

<i>This interview series is made possible by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. Each month we feature a leading thinker from VREF’s Future</i> …

University of Cape Town

How

Credit: TRVL<p><b>by Himmy Abader</b><p><i>Himmy Abader is a property developer based in Cape Town with expertise in project management. In his day-to-day</i> …

Cities

Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: Urban planning

Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the needed role of local authorities in …

Cities

So, what came out of this week’s high-level U.N. meeting on urbanization?

UNITED NATIONS — National governments this week made clear that they are not interested in the creation of a new U. N. body to coordinate global …

Climate

How to Place Seats in the City

StreetChat delves into Jan Gehl’s iconic book ‘Life Between Buildings’ to bring you a summary on how to place seats in the city.<p>“Only when …

Improving cities with nature: Introducing INTERACT-Bio

By Kobie Brand, Director of the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center<p>—<p>INTERACT-Bio is about working together to mainstream biodiversity and associated …

Cities

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

The good news is more American cities are already adopting this mind-set. After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans developed an urban water plan to help …

Cities

Does resilience thinking help or hinder urban development?

<b>As climate and weather-related risks increase in urban areas, resilience discourses and ideas have gained traction in urban development policy.</b> …

Geography

Turning cities’ focus back to land-based finance

Last month, the South African Independent Electoral Commission announced in frustration that it needs USD 22.9 million to collect addresses ahead of …

Cities

The Five Characteristics of an Inclusive Economy: Getting Beyond the Equity-Growth Dichotomy

The concept that growth will “trickle down” to the poor and most disadvantaged among us has been proven to be fundamentally flawed. Instead, we have …

Economics

Proposed ‘UN Urban’ would coordinate global approach to urbanization

A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at …

Transition time for chief resilience officers

NEW YORK — Just four years ago, it was a new and somewhat radical idea for cities to hire a “chief resilience officer” — a high-level local …

Cities

Democracy is dying – and it’s startling how few people are worried

There is a concerted and combined effort by the likes of Putin, Erdoğan and Trump to hollow out democracy. To stop them, we must change how we view the world<p>A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from …

Liu Xiaobo

About What the Street!?

If you take a snapshot of Berlin from space on a typical time of the day, you see 60,000 cars on the streets and 1,200,000 cars parked. Why are so …

Using Minecraft to engage the public and plan better public spaces

MUMBAI, India — It’s not often that residents of this city’s notorious “M-Ward” are asked about their dreams.<p>Nearly a million of Mumbai’s poorest and …

The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities

Affordable housing quotas get waived and the interests of residents trampled as toothless authorities bow to the dazzling wealth of investors from Russia, China and the Middle East<p>“I always said you should never trust a bank with property, or a property developer with money,” says Peter Rees. The …

How to move from creating to implementing a national urban policy

If the world’s cities are truly going to embark on a more sustainable path, they’re going to need a lot of advice. That’s where the Coalition for …

These squares are our squares: be angry about the privatisation of public space

Public space is a right not a privilege; yet Britain is in the midst of the biggest sell-off of common space since the enclosures of the 17th and 18th century<p>Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London<p>The public spaces of London, the collective assets of the city’s citizens, are …

Urbanism

Need a guide for regional SDGs implementation? Look to Belgium and Kenya.

Taking the temperature of a nation’s health on issues such as poverty reduction, ending hunger, achieving gender equality, building better …

Urban planning — linchpin for sustainable urban development?

Tackling any one of the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, much less all 17, is a gargantuan task.<p>But ask planner Martin …

a toolkit for you!

Since 2013, we have hosted 12 Open Streets Days in five parts of Cape Town, attracting between 3 000 and 15 000 participants at each one. We have …

the havana food port’s urban agriculture serves as a social infrastructural project

the new food port seeks to provide new public spaces, reinterpreting the malecon and granting a productive work quota, where cubans can produce and …

Urban Agriculture

'Locals get first dibs': the Manchester flats banning foreign investors

Dubbed ‘Manchester homes for Manchester people’, the new Crusader Mill development is bucking the trend for apartments to be sold overseas, and is instead offering them to locals first. So is there an Oasis lyrics test?<p>It has become a depressingly familiar scenario for flat-hunters in any one of …

Housing

How São Paulo uses “value capture” to raise billions for infrastructure

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — José Uilton has seen a lot of things change along Luís Carlos Berrini Avenue since he took over a bar here 17 years ago. Most of …

City of CT raises R4.3bn with 'green bond'

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has raised four times more money for environmentally sustainable projects through its inaugural green bond than …

Climate Bonds Standard and Certification

STANDARD<p>Confidence in the green credentials of green bonds is essential to a sustainable market.<p>Transparency to the underlying asset is important in …