Posts Tagged urbanization

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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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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McKinsey on Developing World Cities Highlights the Urban Investment Gap

McKinsey’s latest on cities, Urban World: Mapping the Power of Cities, is a must-read for anyone interested in the potential for urban impact investment in the developing world. The massive shift highlighted in this document is not in the urban reality of our world, but rather how […]

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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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Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Business Models and Social Fabrics Too

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The new report from Harvard Business School* (January 22, 2011) entitled “Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future?” As interest turns to responses to urbanization, especially in rapid growth developing countries, a number of analytical frameworks have […]

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Commentary on NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate: Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future

The NYU Schack Institute’s panel, Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future, highlighted where the smart money is going in real estate development in the region. Since real estate investment has to be part of a longer-term strategy, sentiment among these investors can be a […]

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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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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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