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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:17
Asian cities are among the fastest growing in the world, but are they growing in the right way? In today’s world of interconnected risks, urbanization has emerged as one of the region’s biggest tests. If not handled smartly, urbanization poses social, economic, political and environmental risks that governments will find hard to contain. The biggest challenge confronting planners—when they are used—is striking a balance between the pursuit of economic growth, sustainability and livability. BRINK Asia spoke with Liu Thai Ker, who was the master planner of Singapore and is the founding... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 15:49
Urbanisation is an irreversible process and a necessary condition for economic growth, says Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a research arm of the global consulting firm. A senior partner and director at MGI, Woetzel, based in Shanghai, advises Asian businesses on global growth. He is also an expert on urbanisation and has led numerous research initiatives into related subjects such as affordable housing. He was in Kolkata recently to meet lawmakers, government officials and business leaders. In an hour-long chat on urbanisation, Woetzel said the key to building smart... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 15:44
Dámaso Luna Corona is the adjunct director general for sustainable development in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In June, he and a colleague from the Philippines were appointed to co-lead political negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, the global vision intended to guide sustainable urbanization over the next 20 years. Those talks had begun the previous month, which meant that both of the new “co-facilitators” were forced to hit the ground running. And their time frame is short: In October, the entire membership of the United Nations is slated to gather in Quito, Ecuador, to finalize... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:28
How can energy support the growth of urbanisation? A transformative approach is needed, argues a forthcoming Arup report for the World Energy Council As the world's population grows and urbanises, the question of how energy can contribute to the success of cities is becoming increasingly urgent. It's an issue Arup examines closely in its forthcoming World Energy Scenarios report, which will launch at the World Energy Council (WEC) congress in October.  The report forms a chapter in Arup's partnership with WEC's World Energy Scenarios, which allows policymakers and energy leaders to test the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 18:23
Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and WIEGO are the co-chairs of the Grassroots Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners, which brings together 15 such interest groups to speak with one voice on behalf of civil society in the Habitat III process. Cities Today US Reporter, Mythili Sampathkumar, spoke to Rose Molokoane, the National Coordinator for the South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP), affiliate of SDI and co-Chair of the Grassroots Constituent Group What is your role in the New Urban Agenda?   I am representing the large number of [poor] communities and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:33
From activism to effective advocacy: A step-by-step guide for stakeholders.  Effective advocacy requires the shedding of sweat and tears by dedicated activists who brave the front lines in the struggle for justice. These struggles can take place in a number of settings, from the grass roots to the halls of power where policymakers do their work. Nevertheless, even the most seasoned activists may balk at the notion of taking their advocacy to the United Nations, a place where it is difficult to quickly understand the ins and outs of diplomacy and decorum. While the U. N. system may seem like... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:44
Uganda — Located on Lake Victoria at the source of the River Nile, Jinja is literally a breath of fresh air for Ugandans and tourists who come to escape the chaos of Kampala, the capital city two hours west of here. Jinja is still relatively small, as urban areas go — about 80,000 people live here and another 350,000 in the surrounding region. But like many “secondary” cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Jinja is poised to grow rapidly in the coming decades as migrants from rural areas arrive seeking jobs. Already home to two hydropower plants, four steel companies, two international hospitals and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:23
In the wake of proposed joint public – private partnership (PPPs) venture for Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates in Mombasa County, there has been a debate on public housing in Kenya.  Urban Renewal and Redevelopment is a great initiative and indeed a duty of the County Governments in conjunction with Urban Management Boards. The issue at hand, however, is that housing is a human right and not mere entrepreneurial venture. As such there is a need for ventures such as that proposed by the County Government of Mombasa to fulfil rigorous public security and protect it from... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:20
The first column argued that urbanisation was not natural or inevitable, but a direct result of the forces of capitalism.  The second examined how the Urban Industry actively misinforms through hyperbole on the benefits of an urbanised life – and claimed that everything we thought we knew about cities being wrong. This column examines the philosophical underpinnings of the Urban Industry. It looks at how the "idea of progress" that argues cities are a symbol of human advancement was born, is embedded and continues to be transmitted, despite its deeply problematic foundations. Urbanisation is... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:24
Africa has the world's deadliest roads: Why this could actually be a design problem—and how every trip cheats death Every time you pass an oncoming car successfully you are cheating death, and whenever you overtake another vehicle you are knocking on heaven’s door MZUZU is a nice town in northern Malawi, full of the usual: dust clouds, blustering hawkers, charming smiles and over-exuberant servings at food kiosks. Not long ago, I took a road trip from Nairobi to Blantyre, going all the way by public transport through Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, on a combination of large 60-seater buses,... Read more

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