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The complexity of resilience

On 24th August, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the centre of Italy and almost destroyed the town of Amatrice, also heavily damaging other villages and towns in the area. With almost 300 killed, it left thousands more without a roof over their heads apart from the damage to the infrastructure and disruption of the socio-economic aspects of their daily lives.Read more.

Politics of water in Mumbai

Mumbai, 30 October 2016 — The key issue with housing is land, and the battle’s always been over land. Sadly, city governments have never assigned or allocated land for affordable housing; neither have they actively engaged in building affordable housing. The private sector will not build affordable housing for the poor or even the middle class. See more.

Descentralização, Empoderamento e Participação para uma nova agenda urbana

Curitiba, 31 outubro 2016 — Administradora especialista em Relações Internacionais e Terceiro Setor e mestre em Organizações e Desenvolvimento, Grace Chiara Schmidt se dedica a treinar e capacitar representantes de organizações públicas, privadas e do terceiro setor para promoverem o desenvolvimento urbano sustentável em Curitiba. Direto de Quito, da Habitat III, ela conversou conosco sobre a Nova Agenda Urbana em discussão e seu impacto na capital paranaense.
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Mumbai's Architect-Activist: P.K. Das

An architect and urban planner, PK Das is known as an “activist-architect” and is one of the foremost voices in Mumbai on equitable access to open spaces and developing affordable housing models through participatory planning. In October 2016, he was awarded the Jane Jacobs International Medal by the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a featured speaker at the Habitat III Conference in Quito. The following are the excerpts from a conversation with him regarding the issue of affordable housing in Mumbai.

The Quito Papers: An intellectual counterpoint to the New Urban Agenda

Just as nations adopt the Habitat III outcome strategy, four towering figures in urbanism announce a treatise on cities and planning. One of those was Habitat III head Joan Clos./p>

Land Policy Dominates Habitat III Agenda

Land policy was at center stage at Habitat III in the high-altitude Ecuadorean capital of Quito all week, as the New Urban Agenda was formally adopted on the last day of the United Nations global cities summit.

Dhaka towards a New Urban Agenda

Dhaka, 24 October 2016 — The Secretary of the Environment and Urbanization of the 20th Executive Council of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh, a contributor to the Daily Star on urban issues, and an architect and faculty member at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Sujaul Islam Khan, shares his impressions of the New Urban Agenda and contemplates the development predictions of Dhaka. See more.

Urban Sanitation: A Messy Problem for Habitat III

One in three people in the world lack access to a toilet. The traditional view is that lack of access to toilets is a problem in rural areas. But with rapid urbanization across the developing world, the number of people without access to proper sanitation who live in cities is growing rapidly. This serious urban problem presents a host of new challenges for cities looking to improve sanitation. Since 2011, with Global Communities, I have overseen a series of water and sanitation projects in both rural and urban Ghana. During that time, we’ve identified some of the biggest challenges of urban sanitation.

Grassroots organizations and the New Urban Agenda

While Habitat III is proudly advertising the participatory and inclusive city and while there are many NGOs involved in side and networking events during the conference, grassroots initiatives and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are gravely underrepresented.

How a little paint can transform a street

Even as thousands of urbanists from around the world were arriving in Quito for the United Nations’ Habitat III summit on cities, workers in and around the conference venue were still hanging signs, assembling exhibits and brushing topcoats of paint on nearby buildings.