Thursday, 19 December 2019
Spreading a low-carbon sustainable lifestyle in each neighborhood
Green Light-Year was founded in 2016 by Helen Huan Ni with the goal of develop a variety of public environmental education programs and promote low carbon lifestyle in Shanghai and China in general. Read more.
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Exhibition Towards the Human City, How Would You Improve Your City
After two years traveling the world, Paula and Fernando are back in Barcelona before hitting the road again to document the final part of the project, which will cover southern Europe. While in Barcelona, the couple took the chance to present the project to the local community, launching the exhibition "Towards the Human City: How Would You Improve Your City" at Barcelona's SmartCityWeek on November 12th. The exhibition was housed at the city's urban innovation hub, Ca L'Alier, and was open to the public until December 3rd. Read more.
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Encouraging dialogue and reducing prejudices through libraries
There's a paradox in our big crowded cities: more and more people live together but feeling more and more isolated and lonely. The Islibrary Project was founded in 2009 in Guangzhou, and it is more than a simple library. Read more.
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Promoting the alliance of traditional arts and modern culture as a sustainable driver to economic development
Famous for its traditional arts and crafts: Noh, Gold leaf, the tea ceremony, pottery or dyeing, but also its 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is a very rich cultural city that combines traditions and modernity. Read more.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Tearing the concrete down for a more human oriented city
In 2005 the restoration work of the Cheong Gye Cheon stream, uncovering it and devoting its shores to the citizens, was successfully completed, unifying the city and giving back its centre to the inhabitants. Read more.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Creating powerful campaigns to change the habits regarding waste management
SWMRT is a public interest collective of sustainable waste management practitioners working for the adoption of good practices by citizens and municipalities. Read more.
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Catalysing social and economic change through youth education and community empowerment
Aarabhm is a non-profit charity organization in Navi Mumbai. It works as a Community Service Center for the most marginalized families living in urban slum communities. Read more.
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Improving health conditions of vulnerable urban women and children in slums
The Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1996 to face issues of health of women and children in informal settlements, assuming in first instance that health as an essential issue for all. Read more.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Giving the right platforms to connect citizens with civic agents to get their problems solved
Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy was founded in 2001 to catalyse active citizenship in city neighborhoods to improve quality of life. Read more.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Towards the Human City in "Life Container", to promote interculturality and entrepreneurship
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Changing the vision of homeless families by giving them an identity
Megapolis and Pehchan are empowering the homeless community by collecting data about them and giving them visibility and by helping them to learn about their rights and fight for them. Read more.
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Learning from the urban environment in order to improve it
The Institute of Urbanology is a research project located in Mumbai: their motto is "user generated cities", and they seek to question and learn from the urban environment in order to improve it, in collaboration with those who are living there. Read more.
Thursday, 9 May 2019
Building inclusive cities through design, community and affordability
With the pilot project ekSHELTERS, MicroHome Solutions (mHS) City Lab envisioned simple tents, easy to assemble and disassemble, to provide shelter to homeless people. Read more.
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Transforming unused public space into a community urban garden
Trädgård på spåret’, Garden on the Track, is a non-profit association that started as an opportunity to enhance an overlooked space in the city to cultivate and educate. Read more.
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Inspiring urban development through an independent, open debate platform
Nexthamburg is a citizen-based think tank in urban development created in 2009 in Hamburg, in response to the lack of a long-term vision for the city. Read more.
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Promoting green roofs and façades throughout Scandinavia
Scandinavian Green Roof Institute (SGRI) was created at the beginning of 2000 to manage the development of Augustenborg's Botanical Roof garden. Read more.
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Urban planning, landmark preservation and community engagement to create a more livable city
MAS NYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to create a more livable city through urban planning and design, landmark preservation and community engagement. Read more.
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Connecting economy with circularity
The concept of circular economy is built in opposition to linear traditional economy: in a circular economy, production and consumption create the smallest possible amount of loss and waste, leading to environmental benefits and ensuring a sustainable development. Read more.
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Thinking nature, economy and culture together in public space
Holzmarkt cooperative is a creative multispace cultural center, welcoming all generations by the banks of the Spree, trying to offer an alternative to a capital-driven real estate market. Read more.
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Designing and building co-operatively the city
For 25 years, Deadline is an architect’s office that has promoted alternative models of development to involve people more in creating the city. Read more.
Thursday, 13 December 2018
Empowering low-income communities with low-cost housing and basic facilities
ADAPT Egypt 's goal is to produce low-cost housing with sustainable low-cost building materials, encouraging thus communities to be self-sufficient. Read more.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Improving the city's environment and public spaces with green transport
MOVEBYBIKE is a transport company using cargo bikes instead of vans and trucks, and able to transport up to 300 kg of goods. Read more.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
A Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives in Berlin
MakeCity is a 17 days Festival in Berlin that encourages a critical debate to offer architecture and urban alternatives in order to remix the city, creating bridges between different conceptions of the city through a transdisciplinary approach. Read more.
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Connecting startups with key social and urban challenges
Startup in Residence upholds an innovative collaboration between governments and startups, to tackle the urban issues in the city. Read more.
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Fostering the exchange and sharing of ideas to make the city better
WeMakeThe.City is the largest festival in Europe celebrating urban living whilst addressing important urban issues in the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Read more.
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Injecting life into the city by reclaiming public space
On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has to offer. Read more.
Thursday, 6 September 2018
Championing the importance of public space to the overall livability of the city
Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) is a non-profit organization that promotes community-oriented urban design and public dialogue on important civic issues. Read more.
Friday, 27 July 2018
Co-creating future cities, together
Future Cape Town promotes dialogue and action about the future of cities, the involvement of young people in the area of urbanism. Read more...
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability
The Greenest City Action Plan of the city of Vancouver started in 2011 with the purpose to become the greenest city by 2020. This ambitious plan addresses three overarching areas of focus: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste and Healthy Ecosystems, through 10 goal areas... Read more.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Promoting a sustainable urban environment and a more diverse and accessible public space
Cairo Lab Urban Studies and Training and Environmental Research (CLUSTER) is an interdisciplinary platform for urban design and research that aims to establish a critical space for urban discourse, engaging questions of public space and more specifically urban informality. Read more.
Friday, 15 June 2018
Nothing for us without us!” Working to upgrade slums, and to support and enhance community power
The South African Alliance of community and support Non-governmental organizations affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centred development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. Read more.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Community hub addressed to young entrepreneurs to work, exchange and get support in their innovative project ideas
iceaddis is the first co-working space in the city of Addis Ababa and supports start-ups in launching their products and businesses. Read more.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Real power over real money: engaging people through a participatory process
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Read more.
Friday, 4 May 2018
Promoting Panafricanism and ensuring a fair representation of Africa contents on Wikipedia.
Wiki Africa is an international collaboration that encourages individuals and organisations to create, expand and enhance online content about Africa. Read more here.
Thursday, 3 May 2018
Open Call for Urban Innovative Initiatives in Europe
How to take part in the Towards the Human City project and provide international visibility to your urban initiative. Are you part of an innovative initiative that is improving the way we think and manage cities? We are looking for public, private or civil-society-led initiatives that are making cities more sustainable and inclusive. Read more.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Working for farm viability, a sustainable use of lands and community food engagement
The Intervale Center enhances farm viability, promote a sustainable use of agricultural lands and ensure community engagement in the food system. Read more here.
Friday, 6 April 2018
Working on traffic safety to formalise Boda-boda industry
Safe Boda is an initiative that aims to formalise this industry. It works to improve the service providing equipment and training to drivers in customer service, safe driving and motorbike maintenance. Read more.
Friday, 23 March 2018
Creating more inclusive and pro-poor cities
SDI Kenya seeks to improve the quality of life of slum dwellers and urban poor people in Kenya through policy advocacy and dialogue with central and local government, civil society, and private sector organisations. Read more.
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Low-cost networked fire sensors for informal settlements to reduce the impact of fire outbreaks through improved response.
The Kenya Red Cross program, a worldwide voluntary organization, is installing fire sensors within the households at a community level. Read more here.
Friday, 23 February 2018
Promoting better urban development for housing conditions in low-income communities of Taipei
OURS is an academic foundation focused on research and project development for institutions that help people without a home or with homes in bad conditions. Read more here.
Thursday, 8 February 2018
Making motorcycle transport safer and more reliable in Nairobi, Kenya
Kibo is a motorcycle company in Kenya that produces safe and reliable motorcycles built for Africa. Read more here.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
The emergence of working hubs to promote social entrepreneurship in Kigali
Working Hubs are spaces where entrepreneurs and innovators come together to work on their ideas and projects and turn them into viable business models. Read more here.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Collaboration is a key element to make cities more human.
Discover the interview of Leigh-Anne Russell, Co-founder of Nestworks, Lead Content Creator at The Silk Initiative. Read more here!
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Green is fun, green is therapeutic, green builds strong communities: the story of urban gardens in the city of Bandung
Bandung Berkebun is an urban farming initiative that aims to transform the city´s unproductive land and negative spaces into urban gardens. Read more here.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Urban gardens are growing like mushrooms in Rio's low-income communities.
Julio, the carioca mind behind this phenomenon tell us how. Read more here and watch the video of Hortas Cariocas!
Thursday, 28 July 2016
What is the role of cities when fighting inequalities?
Discover the interview of Eduardo Moreno, Director of Research and Capacity Development at UN Habitat. Read more here!
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Improving green public spaces
Pocket Parks Collective is the result of Maggie Lin and Rachel Yan’s research on how people commonly use public spaces. Hong Kong laws are very restrictive on the use of public spaces, while the population, specially the youth, advocate for more open and dynamic activities. Read more here.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Changing the concept of streets
Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) is a non-profit organization founded by a group of volunteers. OSCT works to challenge the paradigm of urban mobility by carrying out campaigns, temporary interventions, dialogues, raise citizen awareness, spark public debate, and ultimately drive behavior change around the streets. Read more here.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
A healthy diet through gardening and cooking among youth in low-income neighborhoods
Communities for Healthy Food is a collaboration between Local Initiatives Support Corporation of New York (LISC) and Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (NEBHDCo). It consists of an urban garden and kitchen where youths from low-income neighborhoods can learn how to grow and cook their own healthy food. Read more here.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Promoting youth engagement for a better urban development
Launched by students from the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning of the National Taiwan University, this initiative aims to promote the urban and cultural revitalization of the district of South Wanhua through youth engagement. Good Home Here empowers the youth and creates a social platform that functions as a bridge between the government and the community. Read more here.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
When a project allows to improve children's lives and the environment
Think Playgrounds is a volunteer group composed mainly of architects. Founded with the desire to seek simple solutions, efficiency and creativity to build playgrounds for children living in the city center of Hanoi. The initiative´s goal is to ensure every child the right to equal play in the public space. Read more here.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Occupying public spaces with art and culture
A Batata Precisa de Você is an urban collective formed by residents and visitors of the Largo da Batata region in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Read more here.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Reinventing urban spaces and giving back the streets to pedestrians
In general, citizens want to participate and feel that they are part of the change when building their city. Dérive Lab believes that local knowledge and initiatives are essential for the city. The organisation empowers these actions and supports people who are proposing them. Read more here.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
From street kids to master chefs: Koto is not just a training center, it is a family
Koto Foundation provides vulnerable youth with a two-year training program in hospitality at its training centers in Hanoi and Saigon. Behind that training there is the philosophy "Know one, teach one”, meaning that knowledge and love should be shared. Read more here.
Thursday, 3 March 2016
The transformation of Medellin provides a model for cities around the world
The story of a common, long-term vision for a city and a successful public-partnership. We wet with the public servants leading that urban and social transformation. Read more here.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
Finding a truly common vision for African cities
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Interviewing Antanas Mockus: checked!
It was an honor to interview the genius we all know who does not need an introduction. The first interview of our project. Read more here.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Afternoon talk with the Academic Mayerly Rosa from Bogota
What are the common challenges that Latin-American cities are facing today? Mayerly Rosa, architect and academician shares her views with us. Watch her interview here.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Interviewing Parks Tau, the mayor of integration, Johannesburg
We interview Parks Tau, the mayor of Johannesburg at the Africities Summit. Read the article we wrote published at El País - Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos
Thursday, 21 January 2016
EcoBali is a private business that is doing good and doing well at the same time
Learn how this responsible business is changing recycling habits in the beautiful island of Bali. Read more here.
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Who said that waste management was only a public responsibility?
Waste management is a big issue in Bandung. A group of engaged citizens are thinking how to contribute to improve the situation. Read more here.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
There is a woman thinking big near Copacabana…
Her name is Regina and she leaves in Morro da Babilonia. She could be leading a food TV show. Instead, she is driven to change food habits in low income neighborhoods. Read more here.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Who is the pioneer behind the movement to build amateur gardens in the cities of Indonesia?
We tell you the story of Ridwan Kamil, a young architect and social activist turned into mayor of a thriving city, Bandung. Read more here.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Watch how a group of creative minds are improving the city of Bandung through urban innovation
Watch our urban video to learn how a group of creative minds in the city of Bandung are using urban innovation, community participation and public space co-creation to improve the city of Bandung. Watch the video here!
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Promoting food sovereignty in low income districts of Bogotá
Meet Rosa Evelia Poveda, the leader that converted a landfill in a low-income community of Bogota. Watch our urban video initiative about her story here.
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Bye Bye Plastic Bags - Two young girls eradicating plastic bags in Bali!
Learn how two young girls are creating a social movement to eradicate the use of plastic bags in Bali. Watch it here!
Thursday, 19 November 2015
We publish Laboratorio para la Ciudad! Our video on urban innovation in Mexico
Watch our new released video Laboratorio para la Ciudad and learn how public institutions are promoting urban innovation with civil society in Mexico. Watch the initiative here.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
#UrbanVideo of the Week: La Cuadra - transforming neighborhoods through art
Watch our new #UrbanVideo #LaCuadra: Initiative that is developing cultural activities that enhance neighborhood culture and promote active citizenship. Watch video here
Sunday, 25 October 2015
New #UrbanVideo of the week: La Ciudad Verde!
Watch our new #UrbanVideo of the week! La Ciudad Verde: How an active community of Medellín are promoting sustainable cities through academic evidence, direct action of the citizenship and creativity. Watch the video here!
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Video interview of Enrique Peñalosa - Current Mayor of Bogotá
Watch our video interview to the current Mayor of Bogotá. Enrique Peñalosa shares with us his thoughts on urban development, mobility and the rights of pedestrians. Watch video here
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Want to see how civil society is monitoring public policies in Colombia? Watch our video of #BogotáCómoVamos
Bogotá Cómo Vamos is an initiative that promotes an effective and transparent government, a better informed and participative citizenry and a network around the topic of urban living quality. Watch our video of the initiative here!
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Our fourth video published: Cebras por la Vida!
Watch our fourth video published on #UrbanInitiatives: Cebras por la Vida! Under the leadership of German Sarmiento, this initiative is creating a movement to engage citizens in #urbanactivism to defend the rights of pedestrians. Learn more of the initiative here
Friday, 25 September 2015
We publish Mejor en Bici! Our new #urbaninitiative to improve mobility in Bogota
Watch our new #urbanvideo release: Mejor en Bici! An initiative oriented to promote overall mobility solutions by encouraging the use of bicycles through partnerships with private sector. Watch the video and find more about the initiative here.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Our second #UrbanVideo Published: Peatónito!
We just published our second #urbanvideo: Peatónito! Learn more about this mexican wrestler superhero performing in the streets to defend pedestrian’s rights. Watch the video and learn more about the initiative here.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
El Pais - Planeta Futuro publishes our first #UrbanVideo : 100En1Día
El País- Planeta Futuro, through the blog Seres Urbanos, publishes our first #UrbanVideo narrating the exciting initiative of 100En1Día from Bogotá, Colombia. Watch the video here: 100En1Día Read the article here: Vídeo Urbanita: 100En1Día
Friday, 5 June 2015
South looks for South: Article on cooperation between southern cities by El Pais
Read the article of El Pais where Lola Huete Machado explains how cities from Latin American and Africa, with high levels of inequality and lack of resources, ally and support each other through models of development, coexistence, equality and peace. Read it here (photo: Bertrand Gardel)
Monday, 25 May 2015
El Punt/ El Avui publishes an article about our project
Read the article written by Dani Triado, who interviewed us while traveling in China about our project and the initiatives we are documenting. Read the article here.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Global Urban Commons publishes: Colombia Part II
Read the blog post published at Global Urban Commons on the second part of our trip to Colombia where we narrate our impressions and initiatives documented in Bogota. Read it here.
Friday, 15 May 2015
Rethinking solutions to police violence in Brazil
We publish an article about security in the favelas of Brazil and how technology might help to reduce mistrust between police and favela residents. Based partly on our interview to Rob Muggah of Instituto Igarapé. Read the article at El Pais/Planeta Futuro – Seres Urbanos.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
First Stop: Colombia - Read our last entry at Global Urban Commons
Just posted a new entry at Global Urban Commons: "First Stop: Colombia". We are starting to narrate a "diary-type" blog of the initiatives we are documenting. This is our first entry, reflecting on why Colombia was our first stop. You can read the entry at Global Urban Commons.
Friday, 10 April 2015
The Huffington Post Live interviews Towards the Human City
While in Beijing, Alyona Minkowski (@AlyonaMink) interviewed us about lessons learned and major findings of our trip so far. You can watch the entire interview here.
Friday, 27 March 2015
The Guardian interviews Towards the Human City!
The Guardian, via Marta Arias (@martarias), interviewed us and asked us about Towards the Human City project. A great privilege to be interviewed by this newspaper which has been one of our major references. Go directly to the article here.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Bogotá Cómo Vamos
Bogotá Cómo Vamos is an initiative created with the initial goal of keeping the public informed during electoral campaigns. The initiative sought to promote an effective and transparent government, a more informed and participatory citizenship and to network for a better quality of urban life. Read our interview to her director, Monica Villegas, published at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos.
Monday, 5 January 2015
Why leave everything behind to document Human Cities?
We start to participate in the Global Urban Commons blog to write about our trip around the world. Our first entry explains why we left everything behind to document human cities and gives a few tips on how to plan the trip of your dreams. Read it directly from the blog.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
We are finishing our Phase Two of the project with a video!
We have completed already our second phase of the project. We have covered 11 cities of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. We want to say thank you to everyone that has contributed and inspired our journey with this video: Towards the Human City! ..and Happy 2015!
Monday, 15 December 2014
We want the next Facebook to come out of the streets of Nairobi
Technological innovation is changing the cities of Africa. We visited some of the main technological incubation centers that are springing up in the region and documented how empowered young people with cell-phones and programming skills are becoming the new stars of social entrepreneurship. Read more at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Brazilian newspaper O Globo interviewed us about Towards the Human City
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo, through her journalist Marcella Sobral, interviewed us in Rio de Janeiro about the Towards the Human City project. Marcela invited us to a glass of wine and we had an interesting chat at a café in Ipanema. Read the articule published by O Globo here.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Searching responses to the main urban development challenges in Latin America
We document the main urban development challenges in Latin America and the solutions the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) of IDB is proposing for a new urban agenda in the region. Read our article published at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos. Watch our video produced here.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Where is the youth in Urban Planning?
We document the initiative of the Foundation Ensurecer promoting the exchange among young people between Berlin and Barcelona planning for better cities and learning tools for participatory processes on urban design. Read the article at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos. Watch the video here.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
Interviewing Fernando Haddad, Mayor of Sao Paulo
We interviewed Fernando Haddad, the mayor of Sao Paulo. Under his management, 400 kilometers of bicycle paths are being created to convert Sao Paulo in the more suitable city for cycling in Latin America. Furthermore, he is aiming to transform the whole city lighting through LED bulbs and turning the Avenida 23 de Mayo into the largest corridor of urban graffiti of Latin America, assigning 15 thousand square meters of walls so more than 200 artists can express their work. Read more at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Towards the General Assembly of civil society - Interviewing Eugenie Birch
Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education Professor at Penn University and co-chair of UN-HABITAT's World Urban Campaign explains us her ultimate goal to create a general assembly of civil society to influence the contents of the new urban agenda in ways that are more participatory and inclusive for everyone. Read more at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Interviewing Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat
Read our interview to Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and President of Habitat III Conference, to be held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. "We have to find new ways of representation that don't make the participatory and decision making process impracticable in global forums" he told us referring to opening such spaces to other voices. Read more at the interview published at El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
The City we Need
During the 15th and 18th of October, Caserta, small Italian town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, became the host of the first Urban Thinkers Campus, an initiative organized by UN-Habitat and the World Urban Campaign which aims to reflect on its core slogan: how to build the city we need. Read our article published in El Pais/Planeta Futuro - Seres Urbanos about the event
Sunday, 22 June 2014