Is big infrastructure compatible with equitable approaches to urban transformation?
"Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing" is a chapter of the World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City.The study focuses on three actionable approaches city officials can use to address the housing crisis, while highlighting spec
Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Co-Head of Labs at Sidewalk Labs. Previously, he headed the sustainability practice at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm that serves city governments.
Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company, was founded on the belief that digital technology will change in cities dramatically, and that if technology is developed with a deep understanding of cities, it can change them for the better.
Just a decade ago most African governments were at best, aspatial in their development ambitions, and more often than not, anti-urban. In 2016, the political and policy landscape looks significantly different.
One of the most exciting developments in urban sustainability research and policy in recent years has been the emergence of ‘ecohacking’.
Urban productivity and creativity increases with the size of labor markets. However, the number of workers in an urban area indicate only the potential size of the labor market.
Cities across the global south are in a bind. As they absorb more residents, providing access to core services like housing and energy—already a challenge—is getting even harder.
The number of people in South Asia’s cities rose by 130 million between 2000 and 2011—more than the entire population of Japan. This was linked with an improvement in productivity and a reduction in the incidence of extreme poverty.
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