Looking Ahead to the Year of Habitat III


January 2016 — This year, 2016, is not like every other for the urban debate. In October, leaders from across the globe will convene in Quito, Ecuador, for one of the most significant global conferences on the future of our cities. The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – known simply as Habitat III – will set out a roadmap for a more sustainable urban agenda. Cities from across the world will be showcasing their most promising projects. With this in mind, this month, URB.im's Community Managers will share what they believe to be the big ideas for 2016 from their respective cities. These are ideas that "integrate equity into the development agenda" – from tackling homelessness in Curtiba to making Jakarta into a Smart City. Every day we'll publish a new idea from a different city. Join us in this lively discussion.

Equidad por medio del ser expuesto

Caracas, 26 enero 2016 — El Hatillo se centra en los mecanismos de integración a través del uso de la cultura y el desarrollo local como una forma concreta para desarrollar estrategias transversales con el uso de la cultura como une eje predominante de las políticas de desarrollo municipal, lo que permite la equidad jerárquico vertical y horizontal. Leer más.

Mumbai’s coastal edges could define the city’s future

Mumbai, 25 January 2016 — The peninsula city of Mumbai may be one of the most crowded in the world, but it also boasts an enviable 149 kilometers of coastline. Undoubtedly, the city’s setting offers a lot of untapped potential, and this year will be telling for how the sweeping coastal asset will be used. See more.

Jakarta Smart City – Kolaborasi Cerdas Masyarakat dan Pemerintah

Jakarta, 22 January 2016 — Penggunaan teknologi informasi adalah suatu keharusan bagi Jakarta. Perkembangan jaman dan tingginya arus urbanisasi menuntut Jakarta menjadi lebih cerdas agar mampu memenuhi kebutuhan warganya. Smart City merupakan salah satu upaya pemerintah DKI Jakarta untuk menjawab permasalah perkotaan yang melibatkan masyarakat dan swasta. Baca lebih lanjut.

Bottom-up or top-down? Meeting in the middle at Habitat III

Nairobi, 21 January 2016 — Meeting Sustainable Development Goal #11 requires multi-level and cross-sectoral approaches in urban centers to address the needs of slum dwellers. Collective bargaining cooperatives such as the Muugano Support Trust (MuST) are just as necessary as high-level implementation of Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) projects that will be showcased at Habitat III. See more.

Mejorando el transporte público en Bogotá: vuelta al comienzo

Bogotá, 20 enero 2016 — La ubicación de Bogotá en la cordillera de los andes y en la región ecuatorial, convierte a la capital de Colombia en una ciudad especialmente vulnerable a los efectos del cambio climático. Para combatir el cambio climático y mitigar sus efectos, la administración municipal ha tomado una ambiciosa serie de medidas. Leer más.

A casa no caminho da liberdade

Curitiba, 19 janeiro 2016 — A quantidade de moradores de rua no mundo todo é assustadora (e crescente), inclusive em países desenvolvidos – e uma cidade que ignora os seus não pode falar em equidade, desenvolvimento e sustentabilidade. Neste artigo, conheça o Condomínio Social, iniciativa de Curitiba sem precedentes no Brasil, que pretende se estabelecer como a última etapa no atendimento para que pessoas em situação de rua consigam retomar de forma definitiva sua autonomia e reconstruir suas vidas. Leia mais.

Partisipasi Anak dalam Membangun Kota Layak Anak

Surabaya, 18 January 2016 — Anak kerap dipinggirkan dalam proses pengambilan keputusan. Sebagai kelompok minoritas anak mendapat diskriminasi dan terabaikan hak-hak dasar mereka sebagai warga. Kota Layak Anak merupakan inisiatif UNICEF yang telah diadopsi oleh Surabaya untuk memastikan aspirasi anak tersampaikan dan tercermin dalam pembangunan kota. Baca lebih lanjut.

Phát triển đô thị theo giao thông công cộng: Chiến lược của TP. HCM để trở thành một siêu đô thị tổ chức tốt

Ho Chi Minh City, 15 Tháng một 2016 — So với các thành phố có cùng mức độ phát triển trên thế giới, TP. HCM đang tăng trưởng với tốc độ nhanh đáng nể. Điều đó khiến cho câu hỏi về quy hoạch đô thị bền vững trở nên quan trọng hơn bao giờ hết. Bên cạnh việc thiết lập các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững, thành phố cũng cần phải tìm một chiến lược hợp lý để đảm bảo rằng gánh nặng của việc xây dựng một siêu đô thị tốt không trút lên vai người nghèo đô thị. Xem thêm.

In peri-urban Delhi, experiments with decentralized sanitation

Delhi, 14 January 2016 — Water and sanitation in urban areas are clear priority themes for Habitat III. Ayanagar, an informal settlement on the outer edge of Delhi, has been the site of experiments that validate four key elements of a way forward in these areas – community self-organization and persistent local initiative, professional expertise, political will and sound government policy. See more.

Nuevo alcalde en Cali: qué esperar en el año de Habitat III

Cali, 13 enero 2016 — CEl 1 de enero Maurice Armitage tomo posesión como alcalde de Cali. Aunque las limitaciones de mandato y la polarización política a menudo generan disrupciones y discontinuidades entre las administraciones municipales colombianas, Armitage ha asegurado que construirá sobre lo ya logrado por su antecesor. Esto trae una luz de esperanza sobre Cali, ciudad que se enfrenta a considerable retos en los próximos cuatro años. Leer más.

Building the resiliency of the urban poor

Dhaka, 12 January 2016 — Building Resilience of Urban Poor (BRUP) works on disaster preparedness and responsiveness as well as prevention from structural breakdowns through better building codes, all to better cope with rapid urbanization and the potentially dark shadows that loom over it. See more.

Eko Atlantic City: the emergence of Africa’s new financial haven

Lagos, 11 January 2016 — The Eko Atlantic City (EAC) stands on 10 million square metres of land reclaimed from the ocean and protected by an 8.5-kilometer-long sea wall. EAC epitomizes a modern city with state-of-the art urban design, self-sustaining power, clean water, advanced telecommunications, spacious roads, and an eco-friendly environment. See more.

Sobre el proyecto emblemático de Medellín, "Parques del río"

Medellin, 8 enero 2015 — El proyecto más audaz de Medellín sin duda es el megaproyecto “Parques del río”, que apunta a transformar las riberas - zonas deterioradas y subutilizadas - en barrios atractivos. El megaproyecto participa en crear nuevos espacios públicos, densificar la ciudad, y mejorar el sistema de movilidad. Leer más.

Equidad de género en el cuidado de las personas

Mexico D.F., 7 enero 2016 — El cuidado de gente en el DF conlleva que las personas destinen horas no remuneradas que generan disparidad en la productividad y generación de ingreso. Por lo anterior, se propone un modelo integral de políticas de cuidado para la ciudad de México. Leer más.

Grassroots solutions to ease accessibility in Bangalore’s underbelly

Bangalore, 6 January 2016 — Accessibility is a challenge that plagues the beneficiaries of poverty alleviation schemes due to rampant corruption and bureaucracy. Bangalore-based CIVIC’s upcoming Single Window Agency project in 2016 looks to overcome these barriers by providing a gateway for the urban poor to avail of the schemes made for them. Their model highlights public participation and accessibility, ideals that should be advocated at this year’s Habitat III conference. See more.

Saúde portátil

Rio de Janeiro, 4 janeiro 2016 — As doenças crônicas não transmissíveis (DCNTs), como diabetes e hipertensão, constituem o maior problema de saúde do Brasil, correspondendo a 72% das causas de óbitos no país. Enquanto o governo falha em melhorar o sistema público, uma startup carioca tem chamado atenção internacional com um modelo de atendimento clínico eficiente, econômico, ágil e democrático, destinado à população carente em áreas de difícil acesso. Leia mais.

The politics of ecological and sustainable development

Johannesburg, 4 January 2016 — Spatial planning and design in South Africa are beginning to explore the transformative potential of using neglected natural systems to restructure the built heritage of colonial or apartheid urban geography, such as competition proposals for an inner-city urban park and a current project at Wemmer Pan and Pioneer Park, both in Johannesburg. But perpetuation of the status quo elsewhere, such as the “Two Rivers Urban Park” mega-project in Cape Town, shows that strategic integrative design-thinking at the city-scale remains elusive. See more.

خطة التنمية العمرانية الإستراتيجية لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي لمنطقة القاهرة الكبرى: خطة طموحة لخلق تغيير حقيقي

Cairo, 01 January 2016 — خطة التنمية العمرانية الإستراتيجية لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي لمنطقة القاهرة الكبرى هو مشروع تشترك فيه الحكومة المصرية، وبرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي والأمم المتحدة للمستوطنات البشرية لوضع وتنفيذ رؤية جديدة للمدينة المزدحمة حتى عام 2050. اقرأ المزيد عن ذلك

 

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Hi Marcela,

Great article! It's wonderful how EcoDelivery is taking the lead on sustainable delivery services! What do you think the best way to incentivize the government to investing in sustainable transport is? Could they reduce bus fares with such low gas prices?

Ashali

María Fernanda Carvallo's picture

Lou, muy interesante el proyecto sobre el Río de Medellin; en México existen estrategias similares para el rescate de espacios públicos como estrategia para eliminar actividades delictivas o de vicio social. El proyecto del río suena más ambiciosa en cuanto a los años de implementación y alcances, me parece buena idea en el sentido de la creación de nuevas viviendas de interés social. ¿En estas viviendas se reubicarían a las personas que se encuentran actualmente en situación de calle en el río? y por otro lado ¿También se desarrollarían servicios junto con el proyecto? Si bien un reto de las ciudades es que en los nuevos desarrollos se contemple el acercamiento a los servicios para que las personas tengan acceso a las necesidades básicas y sin generar problemas de movilidad y transporte.

Hi Sumaiya,

It's great that through the URP and UBSP, infrastructure is being upgraded to reduce vulnerability to disaster. Are there any training programs for citizens to teach them how to react in case of an earthquake or fire, or is it solely and infrastructure upgrading project?

Hi Sumaiya,

I really enjoyed your article on the resiliency of the urban poor. The one question I had is with regard to the more 'soft,' aspect of this initiative - specifically, with regard to organizational structure and training, are the relevant organizations and staff adequately trained to handle search and rescue and emergency management? For me this is always the other side of the equation when providing 'hard' interventions, namely when new equipment is provided, the organizational structure and skills of the relevant personnel must also be reviewed to ensure that they can use the equipment properly. Is this happening in this project?

Lou D'Angelo's picture

Andréa, great article. It seems that beyond making the system easier, it made health care cheaper for the beneficiaries, so I was wondering, how is it financed? Does it get subsidies?

María Fernanda Carvallo's picture

Hilary, it is very interesting the strategie in order to promote quality of life for slum dwellers in Nairobi. Definetely buttom-up approaches help to detect local needs of inhabitants and includes them in order to make sustainable projects due the complaince of their expectatives.

Peter Adeyeye's picture

Dear Andréa,
Great piece on psycho-social support for the homeless. Just wondering, the surge in homelessness in Curitiba, are they all poverty-induced? You also mentioned the admission requirement which must be based on previous records like hostels and Centros Pop, do they admit those without any record of staying in temporary shelters (new homeless). Also, do they subject new intake to some medical examination to guide against disease outbreak. Thanks

Andréa Azambuja's picture

Hi Lo,

Thanks for asking! I do not think the founders of Plataforma Saúde get any subsidies from the government or from any company. They invested their own money, but did get a lot of awards that helped them to put the project together and functioning.

The project was first presented in an event called Startup Weekend Rio Favela, when they were awarded with products by Microsoft and got invites to participate in different events of project acceleration. They were also selected by Endeavor's acceleration program, an organization focused on corporate business, and NAVE, an university program, what represented a major technical and also monetary assistance.

Besides the machines, Plataforma Saúde's design is not very expensive, as they do not have to pay rent, and the services they offer are limited (consequently, the costs are easily controlled). In addition to that, the services offered are not free of charge, but very cheap – anyways, by the volume of calls, I think they expect to recover the amount invested very soon. At the same time, they have talked with the government and I'm sure they would like to do some partnership – maybe in the future! :)

Dear Peter,
Great article. Despite being in Africa, Egypt, but I never heard about EAC, so thanks for sharing. The project seems effective, economic-oriented and sustainable for business, however, while I am reading I had really strong concerns on the aquatic life, as the government as you said will seize large parts of the ocean and its surrounding. Also, the environment will drastically change I believe given this transformation in the ecological and geographical aspects of the life in the area. You stated that briefly in the article, however, I wonder what are the roles of Environment NGOs as Greepeace for instance in understanding its responsibility for awareness toward this massive project, also how the government will mitigate such environmental changes which will affect the locals eventually? Thanks for sharing this!

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