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  • Reply to: Tracking light from space: Innovative ways to measure economic development   2 days 21 hours ago

    Excellent article Megha ! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it as a GIS researcher.Articulated well with little or no jargon. Statement that third world countries have informal economic indicators is a new learning for me.

  • Reply to: Cities of Refuge: Bringing an urban lens to the forced displacement challenge   1 week 5 days ago

    How can I know more about working with to help people in need in my area.

  • Reply to: Cities of Refuge: Bringing an urban lens to the forced displacement challenge   1 week 6 days ago

    Thank you Alex for your sharing.
    The Cities of Refuge, needs more then the so-called „proven urban development approaches“. if you would allow me, I would like to share with you my modest-opinion after being around in this „industry“. I’d start with Albert Einstein, who stated “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” . “Sustainability” is usually defined as dry, dry, like a Swiss birchermüesli without fruit and milk, cream or yoghurt. In the shadow of the so-called Second Modernism, we have strayed. Where are we wrong? Sustainability, as currently being discussed, is usually an exercise in energy efficiency. We admit it or not, we have crafted a culture-bubble, and and built an environ-mental bubble; and the cities are not immune to this. We need to discard the injectional approach. The challenge today is to reflate the bubble before it bursts. To successfully meet the challenges of the 21st Century, academics and reflective-practitioners both acknowledge the need for an unorthodox, archetype model. For this, I do recommend transdisciplinary approach in thinking, management, and planning. Rather than stigmatising the parts, transdisciplinarly approaches merge the unmergeable; bridging the gap between heart and mind, cultures and people; bridging the gap between ecology and technology, nature and money, bridging the gap between politics and economy, bridging the gap between the seemingly contradictory goals like efficiency and resilience, collaboration and competition, and diversity and coherence. Transdisciplinarly approaches do create bridges where all the disciplines fail. Transdisciplinary approaches provide a more purposeful, long-term SustainAble goal for resilient cities, and affordable, ecological housing for human beings. I believe World Bank is in a position to make difference. There used to be in downtown New York a gallery running under the name "Time is always now". Whenever I hesitate, I think of this slogan; let us not lose our time. This is our call, your call.
    Wish you a wonder-full 2018.
    Best regards, Siamak

  • Reply to: How to manage urban expansion in mega-metropolitan areas?   2 weeks 3 days ago
    Thank you for your comments and for sharing information regading the SLEUTH model.

    Planning for urban areas is indeed a complex process and tools such as the one you describe can be very useful to practitioners.
  • Reply to: How to manage urban expansion in mega-metropolitan areas?   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Compared with medium-sized cities, megacities play an increasingly important role in the rapid urbanization process in China. Owing to the expanding scale of large cities, urban sprawl leads to unsustainable practices that cause ecological, social, and environmental problems. we can use the SLEUTH model to simulate the implementation scenarios of future urban growth.Using the scientific simulation data of the model, we contrasted the alternative futures of the two planning types(Urban planning and land use planning) for local government decision makers to achieve sustainable urban planning. China is using this model in their various provinces.The local government depends on urban planning and land use planning to manage urban growth. The urban and rural planning law is formulated to strengthen urban and rural planning administration; harmonize urban and rural spatial layout; improve people׳s living environment and promote the integrated, harmonious, and sustainable development of urban and rural society and economy. Most construction activities follow urban and rural planning. However, this situation leads to current development problems in large cities in terms of the following aspects. First, the urban planning is periodically affected by leadership changes. Second, the changing adjustment of administrative area influences the sequence of construction. Third, the management and control objectives of land use are not the same in different administrative sections. Fourth, the inflexible management system cannot adapt to the economic and social development of the expanded city.