Editor's blog

¿Qué esperar en la segunda mitad? (Parte II)

En la entrega pasada, comentaba acerca del ambiente tenso que hay dentro de la sociedad. Asimismo, señalé que ello se debía tanto a exigencias justas, como a otras que más bien tienen tintes políticos. Read more.

The Urban Social Forum comes to Surabaya

The Urban Social Forum (USF) is unlike any other urban forum. This forum was created by Kota Kita to provide an alternative space that negates formal mechanisms as we commonly see with government-type participation meetings. The event is actually a facilitating forum that is inclusive, democratic, and open for everyone to discuss a debate about what city they wish to see and live in. The first USF was conducted in 2013 and since then it has become an annual event that attracts hundreds of participants, NGOs and government officials. This forum is becoming more and more popular, as there is increasing awareness among people and the community to collaborate in developing solutions for current complex urban problems. Read more.

Bridging the gap for mainstreaming underprivileged children

According to the UNESCO EFA report, 1.4 million children between the ages of six to 11 are out of school in India, which is the fourth largest number in the world. As of November 2013, Bangalore had 26,000 out of school urban poor children living in dire conditions, not getting an education. Many of these underprivileged children are children of migrant parents who are involved in unorganized work, such as construction labor or rag pickers. This forces many children to take on household responsibilities like sibling care at a very early or labor work, which fundamentally impacts their education. Considering that migration to Bangalore is from parts of India where the mother tongue is different than Kannada, this internal migration impacts children the most.Read more.

¿Qué esperar en la segunda mitad?

En esta y futuras entregas, me gustaría abordar el tema de lo que podría observarse en la segunda mitad de este sexenio, el sentir de la sociedad y lo que falta aún por hacer. Como saben, en la pasada entrega comenté que se percibe una sociedad fracturada, una sociedad para la cual al parecer no hay matices y todo se tradujera en respuestas prácticamente binarias: bueno o malo. Read more.

The hard reality of the homeless in Delhi: Designing a shelter for homeless families

The teen balloon-seller outside your car window at the traffic junction, the old man behind the corner cigarette stall, the woman who sweeps your streets, the worker at the Metro construction site, the rickshaw puller in your neighbourhood - these are a few of the daily faces from the thousands of homeless people living on the streets of the capital city, Delhi. Read more.

Urbanization: An agenda of under-addressed insecurities

With the hype of urbanization, it's often easy to forget that this development is neither inherently positive nor negative; whichever direction it takes depends on the planning and governance underlying it. The following is a summary of major policy and planning issues to keep in mind. Read more.

Fighting plastic pollution and poverty through fair trade recycling

Did you know that by 2025 there is expected to be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the sea? Plastics For Change is taking an innovative approach to address this worldwide problem. The organization has developed a process using mobile technology to alleviate plastic pollution while creating dignified jobs to reduce extreme poverty in developing regions. Read more.

How people see nature should affect design

Technology, innovation, and design: all are frequently discussed principles of the urban environmental movement. To improve resiliency, we need green infrastructure, to enhance sustainability, we need quantitative ways to track our carbon footprint, preferably on our smart phones. Read more.

Why Africa needs to look to its cities to end hunger

Last year, the African Union—an assembly of 54 African nations—formally committed to ending hunger in Africa by 2025. This is incredibly ambitious, considering one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. Read more.

Jakarta menikmati seorang gubernur yang terbuka

Ahok (Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) sungguh-sungguh seorang reformis sejati. Dalam berbagai kesempatan, dia menunjukkan kesungguhan dan pandangannya yang terbuka, meskipun terkadang controversial, dalam sebuah masyarakat yang masih bersifat semi-feodal dan patron-klien masih berpengaruh pada hubungan-hubungan sosial. Sebagai seorang Tionghoa-Kristen yang merupakan minoritas dalam sebuah masyarakat yang didominasi Muslim, dapat dipahami keberanian dan advokasinya yang kuat terhadap toleransi agama sungguh patut dihargai. Gelombang protes dari FPI (Front Pembela Islam) yang menolak Ahok baik sebelum maupun setelah pelantikannya sebagai gubernur (19 November 2014) sekarang telah melemah. Baca lebih lanjut.