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

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 14:39
The State of African Cities 2018* report, produced by UN-Habitat with IHS Erasmus University, investigates foreign direct investment flows into African cities and the factors which attract it. Jonathan Andrews spoke to the author, Professor Ronald Wall from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, on the sidelines of the 8thAfricities Conference in Marrakesh What surprised you the most about the report’s findings? I was surprised that the participation of women in the informal and formal labour force in Africa had no significance at all to investment. It was shocking when... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:18
In their new book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett use the example of the Netherlands to show how a cycling culture promotes community building and health. Frustrated by the obstacles to urban cycling in North America, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett traveled with their two kids from Vancouver to the Netherlands in 2016 to take a deep five-week dive into places that do cycling better. Traversing cities in the Netherlands by bike, they found that cycling is not just a better way to get around; when done right, it leads to healthier,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 18:19
Robert Cervero, Professor Emeritus at University of California at Berkeley, recently spoke with Kate O’Brien by phone to discuss his body of transit and mobility research and writings he’s amassed over the course of his 30-year career. Recently retired and traveling the world, Robert continues his studies and offers speaking engagements on these issues. Robert spoke with Kate from his home in San Francisco. In your journal article making the case for opening up America’s marketplace of mobility options given our increasingly diverse traveling public, you suggest that American cities would... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:49
Jonathan Andrews met with Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic and Transport, City of Vienna. She reveals the mobility challenges of the fastest growing German-speaking city and why better urban design is the solution You mentioned at the Urban Future conference (held in Vienna at the end of February) that a few years ago you reduced the annual transit pass cost to €365, or €1 a day. What impact has that had on user numbers and also financially for the city? That was back in 2012 and this was probably the smartest idea that we... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:53
Jane Jacobs was one of the most enduring voices in urbanism, railing against the plans of men like Robert Moses who sought to impress themselves and their ideas on the urban environment by razing history to the ground. There has been no shortage since of women with something to say about the urban environment. But somehow, their voices are marginalized. Recent statistics show that, in the UK, the number of women in architecture fell from 28% to 21% between 2009 and 2011. And more anecdotally, men dominate urbanist writing in the UK and elsewhere. So it is heartening to see women fighting back... Read more
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: gatzweiler02@gmail.com Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. 
E-mail: jielingliu@campus.ul.pt   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

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