Posts Tagged urban regeneration

JESSICA’s Vision for Smart Cities: Investment Funds for a Sustainable Urban Future (Part 1)

With research and writing assistance from Ben Falber, Smart Cities Advisors fellow in Summer and Fall 2011 Our previous blog post on urban impact investment funds, Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program, looked at the EU’s evolving JESSICA initiative as a promising […]

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Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program

Sustainable cities have become a high profile global issue, no longer a luxury of the developed world and increasingly a source of urgency in the developing world. My fellowship at Smart Cities Advisors has illustrated how dialogue, policy and capital often don’t connect. Even so, it’s clear […]

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Inclusive and Urban – Design With The Other 90%: Cities

Innovative responses to the complex challenge of urban poverty, Design With the Other 90%: Cities, are on exhibition in at the United Nations Headquarters lobby. By merely choosing to exhibit “concrete” improvements in the livelihoods of the world’s poor, The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibit breathes […]

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Pushing Past Policy- Valerie Stahl’s Summer Intern Experience

As a graduate student at Sciences Po in Paris about to enter my second year of tackling the task of “governing the large metropolis,” I tend to take a very governance-based, policy-minded outlook to my research, writing, and general observations regarding urban issues. Until this summer, the […]

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Investing in Knowledge: Karen’s Takeaways from the Summer

I am sincerely grateful to have spent these past four months supporting the work at Smart Cities Advisors.  Lenora introduced me to the space of social enterprise and impact investing – a movement aligning profit with purpose, and directing market mechanisms toward social impact.  What I take […]

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SOCAP Panel Preview: Greg Giornelli, Purpose Built Communities

Greg Giornelli is President and COO of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, GA that supports holistic community redevelopment focusing on mixed-income housing strategy, cradle-to-college education, and supportive services.   Through their Purpose Built Communities Network, they provide guidance and technical assistance to foundations, community […]

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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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Abandoned: Art in a Failing Mumbai Affordable Housing Development

As new affordable housing solutions remain a hot topic of discussion in India, architectural photographer Deepshikha Jain is instead focusing on an already existing semi-vacant housing project in New Mumbai through an artist’s lens. Take a closer look at her work and the details of her recent […]

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Park Your Investment and Make Change

With daily news from Egypt focused on unrest in the country – the kind of long-term pent-up frustration that comes from entrenched social, political and economic exclusion – I was fortunate to come across the work of the Historic Cities Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for […]

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