Preserving Paramaribo’s historical center– A challenge the Notre Dame fire just reminded us of. Since the 17thcentury, the white wooden heritage buildings have come to define Suriname’s capital city, Paramaribo. Its historic center, like others around the world, has lost population, suffered from fire outbreaksand experienced physical decay. Over the last couple of years, … [Read more...] about Preserving Paramaribo’s historical center
Heat waves and floods have frequently hit the headlines in the news in 2018-19, and there is no indication that this will end soon but might get a lot worse. Climate change has increased the strength and frequency of both extreme heat and extreme precipitation worldwide, but still surprisingly little is being done about it considering the social and physical impact caused by … [Read more...] about Are Cities like Boiling Frogs?
We often talk about the importance of ensuring that urban development is participatory or that it responds to the needs of the community, but it is easy to forget about the diversity of people living in that community. In particular, the absence of women working as urban planners, architects, and engineers has led to the development of cities that are built by men and for men. … [Read more...] about How to build a safe and inclusive neighbourhood for (and by) women?
Sharing knowledge on how urban development and management tools are used in cities around the globe is important, especially to those that are struggling to address the challenges of urban growth today. Knowledge sharing, or the process of sharing expertise with others so they can adapt best practices, with countries that have different experiences, can generate critical … [Read more...] about KIUDA: ‘nurturing’ international exchanges for better global urban development
Successful smart cities rely on more than deploying exciting new technologies in the city. They require a robust ecosystem that can support and sustain ongoing innovation, an ecosystem that comprises of local and central governments, IT companies, universities, startup companies, and citizens. But, how can such an ecosystem be built? Last year, a delegation of specialists … [Read more...] about Cutting-Edge technologies for Smart Cities in Israel