Posts Tagged disaster resilience

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa – Mexican Housing Day 2011

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The eighth annual Mexican Housing Day (February 10, 2011) in New York City and London gave the government, financial institutions and publicly listed (not the vast majority of unlisted developers and builders) housing developers a chance to crow about […]

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Brazil: Flooded With Regret

(With thanks for research and writing assistance from Marium Gul and Jennifer Barron) Brazil’s floods in recent days, stunningly echoed in Australia, highlight the climate hazards that pose a major threat to citydwellers’ welfare, not only in Brazil, but the world over. They also point to major […]

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Building Local Capacity, Creating South-South Linkages for Appropriate Development: The Case of SCET

We met with Professor Persi Engineer, Head of the Architecture Department, the Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology (SCET), to learn more about how academic and research institutions are engaging on the important issues driving the growth of Indian cities. This is especially important in the 2nd […]

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Business and the City: Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce Tells Us How Both Work Together for Inclusive, Sustainable Development

Kamlesh Yagnik and Chetan Shah, Chairman of the IT and Telecom and NGO Committees and past President, respectively, of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce, Surat, were our gracious and tireless guides in Surat. Our friends from the Rockefeller Foundation’s ACCRN held Kamlesh and Chetan, as well […]

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Hard Truths About the Indian City: Prakash Apte’s Tough Love

Prakash Apte’s tough love for Indian cities sums up all the good and bad of policy and private sector. As an urban development consultant and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and the Institute of Town Planners, he has worked as a former project chief for […]

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Intellecap: Social Innovation Think-and-Do-Tank Spreads Out

Intellecap, the think-and-do-tank for social innovation capital, has leveraged its historic emphasis on microfinance to work across advisory and consulting firm to a range of areas from capital raising and investment banking to knowledge dissemination and business incubation.  We had primarily come to Intellecap to discuss their […]

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HUDCO’s Hopes for Heritage and Rehabilitation

SCA met with Ramesh K. Safaya, Executive Director for Works & Disposal at the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), a techno-financing institution with an additional lending mandate, to talk about his passion and support for heritage preservation, affordable housing projects and workforce training, which has included […]

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