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?
Between 1950 and 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean urbanized at an unprecedented rate, increasing its urban population from 50 to 80 percent (as a percentage of the total); a figure that is expected to reach 86 percent by 2050. On the other hand, Latin American cities are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, droughts and floods: three-quarters of Latin Americans live in low-lying coastal areas. How to promote sustainable urban development? Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
Are you an urban practitioner, architect, or urban planner working in a local municipality or government in Latin America and the Caribbean (from an IDB member country) who works in the field of urban development and/or sustainable architecture? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance invite you to apply for a … [Read more...] about Vienna Calling: A residency on innovations in urban development
The rapid urbanization process observed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), during the last decades has posed multiple challenges to the region and caused great contrasts in the quality of life within cities. Today, more than 80% of LAC’s population lives in cities, and approximately 27% of the urban population still lives in informal settlements without proper access to … [Read more...] about Shaping Smart Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
The process of urbanization in Latin America—the most urbanized region on the planet—has had both positive and negative effects. On one hand, the effects of agglomeration in cities such as the concentration of employment opportunities, the diversification of human capital, and massive investment in infrastructure and public services have improved the quality of life of urban … [Read more...] about Inclusive cities: 4 examples of urban productivity through gender equality
As the world’s population becomes increasingly concentrated in cities, we are witnessing the urbanization of disasters. Hurricanes Florence, Maria and Irma and recent earthquakes in Ecuador, Haiti, and Mexico all underscore urban risk. And smaller scale events like fires and floods can have disproportionately large impacts in cities given high population … [Read more...] about 10 Platforms to Monitor Hurricanes and Disasters in Cities