While many cities are hubs of economic growth, employment, and cultural life, urbanization has resulted in pronounced socioeconomic inequalities, exclusion, and segregation. The objective of this gender issue guide on urban planning and design is to:
This paper reviews the dramatic transformations which have taken place in the cities of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union since the collapse of communist regimes in the region twenty years ago.
The paper further analyzes how urban planning 'the indispensable public function which aims to guide and manage urban change' evolved in response to the new urban challenges.
This planning manual, which is targeted at planners and technicians in Somaliland (north-west Somalia) explains basic urban planning and details six crucial steps in the urban planning cycle.
The Urban Planning Manual for Somaliland defines what plans are and details the basic procedural steps for making a plan. The annexes provide basic data collection formats and mapping tips for undertaking a study. They also elaborate on the participatory process and the techniques to be used.
إن الهيئة العامة للتخطيط العمراني هي جهاز الدولة المسئول عن وضع المخططات الإستراتيجية العامة لكافة المدن في مصر. واعتباراً من عام 2006 تبنت الهيئة منهج استراتيجي لامركزي قائم على تدعيم المشاركة بهدف تحديد الاحتياجات الحقيقية والتصدي للتحديات التي تواجه المجتمعات العمرانية الحالية. وبالتعاون مع برنامج الأمم المتحدة للمستوطنات البشرية (موئل الأمم المتحدة) يجري حاليا إعداد المخططات الاستراتيجية العامة لـ 50 مدينة صغيرة (عدد سكان المدينة الصغيرة أقل من 60 ألف نسمة) باستخدام منهجية "التحليل السريع للقطاع العمراني من أجل الاستدامة" ، والذي يعتبر وسيلة فعالة تعطي الأولوية لتحقيق الرؤى اللامركزية.
If policies to improve and enhance places are to address gender inequality, they must also take into account the issues and needs of both women and men. The policy implications are clear. Gender-sensitive urban planning starts with the needs of people in communities. The design of places and spaces needs to reflect the socio-cultural needs of women as well as men, girls as well as boys. Existing policies and programmes need to be scrutinized to see how they can be adapted to become more gender aware and bring about genuine gender equality.
Barcelona, 21 May 2014: Fifty-five international experts on urban development and security gathered in Barcelona for a two-day meeting on the Urban Safety Monitor; a new initiative that promotes the use of indicators for evidence-based policy and practice. The Expert Meeting was organized by UN-Habitat with the support of the City of Barcelona.
The Urban Planning and Design focus area of UN-Habitat aims to support cities, regional and national authorities in adopting improved policies, plans and designs for more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change. This lecture provides an introduction on why this is relevant and how it can be achieved.
In this lecture, Edgar Pieterse, professor at the University of Cape Town and the founding director of the African Centre for Cities, puts forward the concept of the underlying logic of slum urbanism. This logic in turn manifests in an overall urban form that can be characterised as 'extreme splintered urbanism'—a pattern of urban development that manifests in sharp urban divides, the privatisation of key urban services and infrastructure linked to large-scale slum neglect over long periods of time.
In this lecture, Eugenie Birch draws heavily on history to illustrate the location, pace, trajectory, documentation and varied solutions of historic slum conditions in Western Europe and North America; tracking contemporary slum development in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and outlines the commonalities and differences with past experience. Birch places slum development in stages that correspond to the urbanization rates and peak growth of slums of the places in question, and discusses adaptations, their benefits and costs.
The lecture is based on the realization that the current urban planning paradigm championed in the United States and Europe—the Containment Paradigm, also known as urban growth management, smart growth, or compact city—is inappropriate in the rapidly-urbanizing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Instead, it calls for a new paradigm for coming to terms with rapid urbanization: The Making Room Paradigm.