Urban And Environmental Planning

By Matt Cullinan | MCA Urban and Environmental Planners

Environmental management needs to be democratised

In a time of environmental devastation and the need for paradigm shifts in order to govern for change, how does one address government officials on …

News (South Africa)

Planning a Successful Neighborhood Square

Dr. Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard writes with advice on how tot approach the planning of a neighborhood square, first distinguishing the neighborhood …

Why are cities so unaffordable? A crowdfunded film finds out

"Everywhere, residents feel they are being pushed out, and it's not just because of gentrification or inflation"<p>By Rina Chandran<p>BANGKOK - For …

Housing

The Humanability of Smart Cities

I love that cities left and right are clamoring for bragging rights to be the smartest city in the world. I love that disruptive technologies like …

Connecting Cities and Resources: UBHub Offers Map and Database of Hundreds of Urban Biodiversity Activities

Cities that plan for biodiversity recognize the potential of healthy ecosystems to mitigate urban problems and enhance quality of life but, due to …

There's a Science to Foot Traffic, and It Can Help Us Design Better Cities

China has in the past 30 years become the most urbanized country that has ever existed. More than 450 million Chinese – 1 in 25 people on the planet …

Using evidence to influence policy: Oxfam’s experience

Oxfam has got a new paper out on how it uses evidence to influence policy. My colleague Ruth Mayne led on it (along with other Oxfam colleagues, …

Smart Water Policies to Achieve Urban Water Security

Robert BrearsBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing<p>Oct 23, 2018<p><b>Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural</b> …

Innovations in Urban Water Reuse

Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my!<p>Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in …

Interviews: Africa’s future lies in sustainable, smart and inclusive cities

• Andrew Chimphondah<br>• Posted on: 28th Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT +0300<p>Anyone with a cursory interest in world history will have encountered the Greek City - …

More housing near cities needed: report

A report recommends state governments put more high density housing in inner suburbs close to CBDs.<p>Putting more high density housing in the inner …

There are powerful equity reasons to invest in walkability

<i>DC resident Jeff Speck co-wrote Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, the best-selling book about city planning</i> …

Some solutions for improving pedestrian safety

Also available in: Spanish<p>We all have an intuitive sense that pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to road traffic crashes. After all, there is …

Preparing for Hurricane Florence? Think About Your Neighbors.

Robust social networks and high levels of trust help people survive, and then bounce back after a crisis.<p>As I write this, meteorologists predict that Hurricane Florence could hover over populated areas of North and South Carolina, potentially becoming one of the major dangerous storms over the past …

How "social infrastructure" can save us all

Eric Klinenberg calls libraries and parks "social infrastructure." They're spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact. His new book …

Fourth industrial revolution: sorting out the real from the unreal

The phrase “fourth industrial revolution” has become ubiquitous. It’s meant to denote a huge shift in the socioeconomic fabric of society, driven by …

Lessons from cities that plan for their rivers

<i>In Nairobi, Kenya, the government is destroying buildings constructed on riparian land in a bid to mitigate the impact of floods. This is just one</i> …

Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problem

The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of …

Moving to cities has lifted over 300,000 South Africans out of poverty, even in difficult times

Migration to cities has helped many South Africans to escape extreme poverty, even in tumultuous times. This is the striking outcome of our analysis …

Our urban environment doesn't only reflect poverty, it amplifies it

The poorer you are, the harder it is to participate in and contribute to society. My experience as a practising urban designer and my research in the …

Six ways to transform the built environment

<b>The Ellen MacArthur Foundation shows how thinking circular could change the way we live for the better.</b><p>In a recent post, 5 steps to replace the …

Sustainability

Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning

The first Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning: “Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories” is organized by the …

Sustainability

Why nature matters in our new urban world: Making the case for nature in cities

For over 10,000 years people have been irresistibly drawn to urban life, where they live, work and play in close proximity. Our early settlements …

Solly Angel on How Cities Can Make Room Now for Growth Tomorrow

Countless cities are struggling to rein in development that is pushing their peripheries further and further from the city center. By 2030, many …

SDG 12 Review at HLPF Calls for Circular Economies, Sustainable Lifestyles

Day 5 of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) included a review of global progress towards achieving SDG 12 on …

Four Lessons Psychology Teaches Us about Inspiring Climate Action

There’s the old line that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it. But when it comes to climate change, what happens when …

Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the …

Urban Parks Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change

Share46<p>Tweet29<p>Email<p>Share<p>75 Shares<p>By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons<p>December 12, 2017; Next City<p>In …

A Close Look at the Gehl Institute's Free Toolkit for City Planning

<i>This article was originally published by Common Edge as "The Gehl Institute’s Toolkit for the Creation of Great Urban Spaces."</i><p>Jane Jacobs was …