Can Cities Grow More Equitably? Urban Planners from Our Global Network Offer Solutions


June 2016 — This month, URB.im will talk to expert planners and architects from our network of global cities to better understand how cities can grow and develop more equitably. The world has seen extraordinary urban development over the last couple of decades, and while cities have become centers of economic growth, those gains haven't been felt by all residents equally. Haphazard development and planning has left many emerging cities in a state of chaos. Our experts discuss the current situation in their cities, some key policies and programs that could be harnessed for improved development and ideas for moving ahead with more coordinated action. Join our exciting discussion!

 

 

Qui hoạch thành phố hợp lí hơn từ những bước đi đầu tiên

Ho Chi Minh City, 24 tháng sáu 2016 — Với chuyên môn về xã hội học đô thị, Phát triển đô thị bền vững, Lịch sử đô thị, Văn hóa và văn minh đô thị, Dr Trương Hoàng Trương đã có những nghiên cứu quan trọng cho sự phát triển của thành phố Hồ Chí
Minh. Hiện tại, ông vừa là nhân viên nghiên cứu của Trung tâm Nghiên
cứu Đô thị & Phát triển, vừa là trưởng khoa Khoa Đô thị học trường Đại
học KHXH & NV HCMC.Xem thêm.

Curitiba por Jaime Lerner

Curitiba, 23 junio 2016 — Na década de 1970, Jaime Lerner ajudou a incluir Curitiba nas listas de cidades mais inovadoras do mundo, especialmente em relação à mobilidade: foi ele quem implementou as primeiras vias exclusivas para os ônibus, origem da atual Rede Integrada de Transporte (RIT), construída a partir do conceito de Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Responsável por uma revolução urbana, o urbanista e arquiteto conversou com o URB.im sobre os novos rumos da capital paranaense e sobre como construir cidades mais igualitárias.Leia mais.

On Closing the Inequality Gap in Accra: With urban planner Victoria Okoye

Accra, 22 June 2016 — URB.im speaks with Victoria Okoye, an urban planner and urban development researcher based in Accra on tackling inequalities in the city. See more.

Can Dar es Salaam Grow Equitably? A town planner responds.

Dar es Salaam, 21 June 2016 — URB.im speaks with Dr. Joel Msamy, a senior town planner and lecturer at Ardhi University in the school of urban and regional planning. See more.

Interactive and Incremental Processes and Possibilities: An interview with Monica Albonico of Albonico Sack Metacity

Johannesburg, 20 June 2016 — Albonico Sack Metacity, Architects and Urban Designers (ASM), established in 1986 and based in the inner city of Johannesburg, consists of two members and a core team of architects and urban designers involved in public and private projects in South Africa, Africa, and further afield. They believe in working with collective processes for contextually relevant and sustainable change. We spoke to Monica Albonico, a principal of ASM, about the development of their work and ideas in the Johannesburg context. See more.

عن النوع الإجتماعي والمدينة: لقاء صحفي مع المعمارية عبد المحيي

Cairo, 17 June 2016 — "أن تكون مهندسا فهي مسؤولية، لكن أن تكوني مهندسة امرأة هي مسؤولية أكبر. فأنت ترين المدينة وتطورينها باستخدام عدسة أنثوية حيث تسعين جاهدة لتحقيق المساواة في التخطيط الحضري،" المهندسة سحر عبد المحي. اقرأ المزيد عن ذلك

Planeación Urbana en la CDMX con Urbanisto Salvador Herrera

Mexico D.F., 16 junio 2016 — Salvador Herrera, un licenciado en urbanismo con especialidad en desarrollo urbano y gestión de la ciudada, discute el futuro de CDMX.Leer más.

El Papel de los Equipamientos Urbanos en Cali: Una entrevista a Angela María Franco Calderón

Cali, 15 junio 2016 — Los equipamientos urbanos, a diferencia de otros proyectos de infraestructura, pueden server para promover ciertos valores, como el respeto a las minorías, el rechazo a cualquier forma de discriminación, y la promoción de la igualdad. Estas iniciativas pueden ser lideradas tanto por instituciones públicas como privadas, dice arquitecta Angela María Franco Calderón. Leer más.

Surabaya: Menuju Kota yang Berkeadilan dengan E-Government

Surabaya, 14 June 2016 — Surabaya saat ini sedang giat menerapkan E-Government untuk mendorong tata kelola pemerintahan yang lebih baik dan meningkatkan partisipasi aktif seluruh lapisan masyarakat tanpa terkecuali. Untuk itu bagi Surabaya E-government menjadi alat penting untuk mewujudkan Kota yang Berkeadilan. Berikut adalah wawancara dengan Ibu Retno Hastijanti dari Untag Surabaya mengenai bentuk kota yang adil dan tantangannya implementasinya. Baca lebih lanjut.

Bengaluru is India's most livable city, but is it equitable?

Bangalore, 13 June 2016 — Mr. V Ravichandar, an urban expert who has been involved in planning efforts for the city in different capacities since 2000, speaks with URB.im this month. Ravichandar feels that a city is, in the final measure, defined by its community energy, public spaces and its arts and culture scene. Below is an excerpt of our conversation. See more.

Entrevista con Elisa Silva

Caracas, 10 junio 2016 — Elisa Silva, directora de Enlace Arquitectura, es arquitecto registrada en los EE.UU. y Venezuela, LEED AP y tiene una maestría de Arquitectura de la Graduate School of Design de la Universidad de Harvard. La última publicación de Enlace Arquitectura, CABA: Cartografía de Barrios de Caracas se ha convertido en una herramienta importante para planificadores, arquitectos y gobiernos locales; que les permite acceder a información concreta sobre los asentamientos espontáneos de Caracas. El año pasado, publicamos un artículo sobre la investigación cartográfica que dio lugar a este libro. Recientemente, hemos tenido la oportunidad de entrevistar a Elisa después del lanzamiento libro.Leer más.

Offering concepts for a more inclusive Delhi: In the words of Gautam Bhan

Delhi, 9 June 2016 — Gautam Bhan teaches Urban Politics, Planning and Development at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore and has been an active part of urban social movements on sexuality as well as housing rights. His writing, research and practice look at the politics of poverty in contemporary urban India with a focus on urban displacement, access to affordable housing, and housing policy in India. Gautam speaks to Mukta Naik about how Delhi could have a more inclusive future, a topic addressed at length in his recently authored book "In the Public’s Interest: Citizenship, Evictions and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi" (Orient Blackswan, University of Georgia Press). See more.

Expert View on a New Lagos: An interview with Olufemi Olarewaju

Lagos, 8 June 2016 — Lagos will be the second or third largest city in the world by 2050 according to Urban Africa. This population growth must be in tandem with developmental solutions. Olufemi Olarewaju, Ph.D. is Co-Founder of the Sustainability School, Lagos and founding Executive Director of the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network Nigeria, an organization at the forefront of promoting sustainable solutions to urban challenges in Lagos. He shares his views about a new Lagos. See more.

Discussing Chittagong’s urban future with Prof. Hoque

Chittagong, 7 June 2016 — Prof. Engr. M.Mozammel Hoque is a respected senior civil engineer with extensive experience of working with Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), the primary planning wing of the government. He is the former vice-chancellor and dean of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology and currently a consultant to both government and private sectors for civil-engineering and project feasibility studies. In this interview, he discusses how politics can be adopted as a mean to exploit resources and further trigger corruption. However, he exhibits optimism towards the development of Chittagong, a primary commercial hub of Bangladesh and how it can be accomplished through various measures. See more.

Urbanista Nadia Somekh: "A cidade é o lugar para a democracia direta"

São Paulo, 6 junio 2016 — A democracia brasileira está em xeque por causa de um controverso processo de impeachment contra a presidente petista Dilma Rousseff. Com décadas de experiência em gestões do PT na Região Metropolitana de São Paulo, a arquiteta e urbanista Nadia Somekh conversou com o URB.im sobre os desafios e frustrações da administração pública.Leia mais.

Jakarta Menuju "Equitable City"

Jakarta, 3 June 2016 — Konsep kota yang berkeadilan atau Equitable City merupakan sebuah ide tentang bagaimana menciptakan kota adil bagi masyarakatnya tanpa terkecuali meski berbeda suku, agama, ras, kelamin, budaya dan orientasi seksual. Tingginya kesenjanganekonomi dan social serta menjadikan konsep ini sulit untuk diterapkan. Masyarakat miskin kerap diabaikan. Kita akan lebih jauh membahas mengenai Jakarta sebagai kota yang berkeadilan dengan Deden Rukmana. Baca lebih lanjut.

Bogotá como Región: Entrevista con el planedor urbano Pedro Ortiz

Bogotá, 2 junio 2016 — La bicefalia: La confrontación permanente (yo la he conocido desde hace 18 años independientemente de las personalidades de sus gobernantes) entre la Alcaldía y la Gobernación. Esta equipotencialidad, y la falta de estructuración de competencias necesarias a la toma de decisiones comunes, hace que todo se pare en cuanto hay desacuerdo. Esto lo he conocido mandato a mandato en estos últimos 18 años. Para que la cosa funcione se necesita la inteligencia colectiva de los ‘Sabanos’ exigiéndoselo a sus gestores públicos, tanto Legislativos como Ejecutivos. Leer más.

Will Mumbai maximize its new development plan?

Mumbai, 1 June 2016 — Mumbai's new Development Plan has the potential to shape the city in an equitable manner. The third twenty year plan was originally released in 2014 but received harsh criticism and has been under review and is being released in piecemeal parts. Professor Hussain Indorewala helps shed some light on the impact the plan may have in its current state and the issues that need to be addressed for the city's growth to be inclusive. See more.

 

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Dear Ashali
Nice interview. I wonder why your interviewee did not refer to the safe places or venues for women and marginalized communities in the DP, and in general does the DP considers green zones for children and families sporting for example given the threats against women in a city as Mumbai?
Best regards,
Shaima

María Fernanda Carvallo's picture

Ana Cristina, muy interesante el artículo; me parece que la publicación del libro sobre asentamientos informales en Caracas es indispensable para identificar las condiciones en las que vive la población vulnerable, las necesidades y sobre todo georreferenciar en donde se encuentran asentados para poder reubicarlos. En la Ciudad de México tenemos un problema común con los asentamientos, no obstante hay escasez de uso de suelo para el desarrollo de viviendas y requiere de implementar estrategias integrales para la reubicación de los asentados. De igual manera, en el artículo de la Ciudad de México, Salvador Herrera comenta que es necesario impulsar la vivienda social en las residencias existentes.

Dear Shaima,

I tried to keep the interview general and concise and thus never explicitly asked about women and safe spaces in the city. The recently released Revised Draft Development Plan 2034 has allocated a few pages to "Gender, Special Groups and Social Equity" which includes stipulations for amenity provision dedicated for women. Among these amenities are multipurpose housing for working women, vending areas for women, public toilets, and care/skill centres for women and families. Many groups in the city feel that this is inadequate and it doesn't necessarily discuss gender or women outside the context of working women. However, said groups do feel that it's a step in the right direction.

Cheers,
Ashali

Thanks a lot Ashali for the detailed answer. Great that gender is mainstreamed through the new development plan anyway :)
All Success,
Shaima

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