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[ 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
[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:58
After three years of mobilising savings groups, fighting evictions, and building links with government, the Sierra Leone Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP-SL) officially launched on 16 February. The ceremony was attended by approximately 400 members of the Federation from four cities: Freetown, Bo, Makeni, and Kenema. The Federation now numbers about 1, 500 in total, with most of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:21
In January, the South African Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Alliance affirmed a vision to build city-wide networks of informal settlement communities that mobilize to upgrade their settlements. Nearly six months later, about 30 representatives of the Alliance partners — the Informal Settlement Network (ISN), Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor (FEDUP), Community Organisation Resource... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:27
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hundreds of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) got together to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th. To mark this occasion, United Nations agencies, ministries, municipalities, towns, schools and non-governmental organizations around the country organized clean-ups of parks, squares, school yards and picnic areas, as well as exhibitions and various... Read more