Posts Tagged 'slums'

Creating rules for great cities : Will UN Habitat III bind cities to take action | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Habitat III will introduce a document called the New Urban Agenda that’ll effectively guide the future of urbanisation policy for all UN member states. Cris Robertson explores this agenda revealing that although its content bay be groundbreaking, it is not legally binding. Begging one to question how much action will governments take if there are no consequences if they don’t.

Five reasons Africa needs to reinvent the city

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn from this?

Part 1: An innovative approach to sanitation in Cape Town?

According to engineer Richard Palmer, the difficulty in Cape Town is not in providing flush toilets in slums. The difficulty is in connecting those toilets to the water, sewer and treatment plant infrastructure that make them work. He shares his thoughts, and an innovative way forward for the city to tackle sanitation, through studies, business plans and a more systems approach.

Delhi choosing high-rise over consultative planning despite national consensus on slums

Going against the national government’s own best practices and the consensus of urban planners worldwide, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) continues to shift thriving urban communities into lifeless high-rise residential towers, ignorant of the economic base the existing neighbouroods provide to their residents, as Greg Randolph shows in Govindpuri.