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A tale of two eco-cities: Experimentation under hierarchy in Shanghai and Tianjin

Posted on: 3 December 2014
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Two ambitious ‘new city’ projects were launched in China during the past 15 years: the ‘Dongtan eco-city’ project in Shanghai and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City project in Tianjin. Both have received much international publicity and attention. However, the Dongtan project has stalled, and will evidently not be revived, while the Tianjin project continues, albeit with more moderate goals. In this article from the journal Urban Policy and Research, the authors analyse the two cases, using the concept of ‘experimentation under hierarchy’ to show why one project is proceeding, while the other has failed. The key factors were strong international inputs of expertise and funds in the Tianjin project, along with crucial support from the central government, both of which were lacking in the Dongtan project.

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Cities and development

Posted on: 3 December 2014
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While cities are the heart of our survival because they compel us to become “transboundary”, a shared revolution needs to be makeshift and informal. So said director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Aromar Revi, at the Kapuscinski Lecture that formed part of the City Desired exhibition. A video of the lecture is available online.

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Urban innovation and investment: The role of international financial institutions and development banks

Posted on: 2 December 2014
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The Business of Cities Ltd. was commissioned by Future Cities Catapult to produce a report to act as a background note for a gathering of international financial institutions and development banks to discuss the future of urban investments and urban innovation. This report examines the role that multilateral development banks, development banks, and bilateral development finance institutions (together known as International Financial Institutions) play in financing and shaping urban development and investment across the world.

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Evaluating the impacts of Urban Regeneration Companies in Portugal: The case of Porto

Posted on: 26 November 2014
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Cities have undergone many changes since the 1950s, not least the expansion of urban areas to the detriment of the historic central areas, some of which have been left to decay. In Portugal the most visible results of this phenomenon are found in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. To address this problem, the Portuguese Government conceived the first legal instrument for urban regeneration in 2004 which allows the local administrations to form publicly owned companies, urban regeneration companies (SRUs), to actively endorse urban regeneration in historic city centres. This paper, which appears in the journal Planning Practice & Research (Vol.29 Issue 5, October 2014), discusses the activities of the Porto Vivo SRU, one of these companies created in Porto, in the context of the Portuguese milieu of urban regeneration and evaluates Porto Vivo’s operation.

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Gated communities lock cities into cycles of inequality

Posted on: 25 November 2014
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The authors of this article look at gated communities in the context of Buenos Aires.

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Livable Cities Symposium.  Izmir, Turkey, 20 November 2014

Posted on: 25 November 2014
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The theme of this symposium was bikable and walkable cities. Discussion centred on new planning approaches like sustainable cities, smart cities, transit oriented development, and governance of livable cities. Experts invited from all over the world shared experiences on bikeability as a transportation mode and walkability while considering the roles of transit oriented development, human oriented transport, accessibility, public space use, innovative solutions, economic and sustainable approaches in sustainable transport, policies encouraging sustainable transport and participation. Presentations are available online.

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Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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Launched in 2008, the overall objective of PSUP is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the urban poor and to contribute to millennium Development goal (MDG) 7, including: target C, to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; and, target D, to achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. This website provides information on the Progarmme and details of projects where it is being implemented.

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Urban age: Governing urban futures.  Delhi, 14-15 November 2014

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2014 Urban Age conference investigated the link between urban governance and our capacities to engage with and shape the future development of cities. The conference, hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) acted as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 350 policy-makers, academics, business leaders, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups. Videos of the presentations are available online.

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China’s Clean Air Challenge: The health impacts of transport emissions

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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This is the first post of the “China’s Clean Air Challenge” series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series examines the increasing social, environmental, and economic impacts of the serious air quality issues in Chinese cities, and investigates the source of emissions and sustainable solutions.

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User-generated Tokyo

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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This article describes the development of Tokyo and proposes a conceptual framework based on the concept of “information” that could be used to recognize and legitimize users’ participation in urban development.

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