Retrofit city-making: A multimedia exploration of vertical occupation in Cape Town

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In this blog by PEAK Urban’s Liza Rose Cirolia, Nobukhosi Ngwenya and Barry Christianson, the authors explore the potential of ‘retrofit city-making’ through the case study of an abandoned hospital in Cape Town, now occupied by…

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Picturing Dhaka: Bustling streets, famous street food and rubbish playgrounds

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In this picture blog for the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), Irfan Shakil, Tanjil Sowgat and S. M. Tafsirul Islam explore the streets of Dhaka. They come across busy streets, challenging…

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A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

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This piece by Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar and Youcan Ren has been reposted from The Conversation: you can view the original article here. Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you…

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Socially smart cities: Making a difference in urban neighbourhoods

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This blog by Alison Gilchrist, written as the Smart Urban Intermediaries – Trans-European Research, Learning and Action  project draws to an end, outlines some of its key findings. This blog has been reposted from the project…

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Circular sanitation economy in India: Evidence from Amberpet sewage treatment plant

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This blog by Sourav Mohanty is the third in a series of blogs about the work of the Rurality as a Vehicle for Urban Transformation (RUST) project. It was originally posted on the RUST website.  Swachh Bharat (Clean…

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Governance of sanitation in a rapidly changing world

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This blog by Sarah Cooper is the second in a series of blogs about the work of the Rurality as a Vehicle for Urban Transformation (RUST) project. It was originally posted on the RUST website. A video profile…

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Does the planet clean up after us?

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This blog by Indunee Welivita is the first in a series of blogs about the work of the Rurality as a Vehicle for Urban Transformation (RUST) project. It was originally posted on the RUST website.  Safely…

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How can evidence-based policy help in disadvantaged places?

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In this blog, Henry Overman – Principal Investigator of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth – outlines some of its work around socially excluded communities. This blog was originally posted on the Centre’s website.…

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A participatory approach to initiating transformative actions from the bottom-up

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Jai and Ketaki Bhadgaonkar (Bombay 61) give this report from the Ideation Workshop in Mumbai for the TAPESTRY project. This blog post draws on a visit undertaken as part of TAPESTRY, a new transdisciplinary project which…

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Unlocking potential: bringing opportunities to disadvantaged places

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The challenges of left-behind places go well beyond the lack of economic opportunities — the solutions must too. This blog by Elena Magrini, an analyst at Centre for Cities, outlines some of the findings of the…

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