Posts Tagged social infrastructure

Social Housing in Latin America: finding the balance between quantity and quality

Innovative strategies are being developed in Latin American countries as an attempt to provide access to adequate housing. With new programs and additional funding, governments and the private sector are refining targets to close the housing gap. Brazil, under the Rousseff administration, recently announced the second phase […]

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Vivienda Social en América Latina: buscando el balance entre cantidad y calidad

El tema del acceso a la vivienda digna cuenta con innovadoras estrategias en los países Latinoamericanos. Con nuevos programas y financiamiento, los gobiernos y el sector privado afinan metas para cerrar la brecha de la vivienda. Brasil, bajo la presidencia de Rousseff, recién hizo oficial la segunda […]

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Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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Amplifying Innovation in Our Cities Ourselves: A Review on Two Urban Exhibits in NYC

In cities everywhere, our own New York City included, communities are developing a myriad of ways to live together resourcefully and comfortably. These innovative mindsets in sustainable urban living are undoubtedly necessary to ensure the recovery and continuation of human society on Earth; as William Gibson said, “The future is here. […]

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McKinsey Quarterly Highlights BOP Market Potential

Not for the first time has McKinsey or other major strategy consulting firm emphasized the potential in BOP markets in developing countries. The numbers cited in Early consumer product winners in the developing world could score lasting gains are compelling on their own. Add a little urban […]

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Lessons from “The Town That Loved Its Bank”

The lessons from The Town That Loved Its Bank in the Sunday New York Times yesterday hit home for me and, I think, should provide some insight into the challenges of philanthropy and investment in the effort to build stronger urban communities. Not an unusual setting for […]

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Urban regeneration and the World Cup in South Africa

World Cup winners in the Financial Times weekend Home section highlights the kickstart that big events like the World Cup can give to urban regeneration projects – a theme that’s increasingly getting play in Brazil as well. While world sport events conjure up images of unused white elephant […]

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SAATH: New Business Models in Slums

SAATH is an NGO dedicated to creating change in the slums of Ahmedabad. By utilizing market-based strategies, SAATH’s efforts impact the lives of over 100,000 slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan. One of SAATH’s compelling missions is “creating inclusive cities” so we were […]

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Foliage Developers: How Developers Choose to Make a Difference

Giving low and moderate income working people the opportunity to buy decent, dignified housing is one of India’s most pressing needs, given the country’s 26 million some-odd housing deficit. By this point, we’ve met several organizations working towards that goal so we feel India’s low cost housing […]

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Yatin Pandya: An Architect Innovating for Inclusion and Sustainability

We went to visit Yatin Pandya of Footprints E.A.R.T.H, an architect noted for his career-long commitment to sustainability in cities as the head of research at the Vastu Shilpa Foundation for 20 years. His projects feature extensive use of recycled materials, participatory development and emphasis on low […]

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