urban planning

18 April 2017


The effects of climate change on vulnerable areas throughout Fiji could be reduced if the island nation adopts several more land planning measures, says a local researcher.

Speaking at a Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) seminar today about “Disaster Risk Reduction from a Physical Planning Perspective: Fiji”, Joeli Varo, a Lands Officer for the government’s Sustainable Land Use Planning and Development Unit, says there are two ways in which Fiji can both mitigate and adapt to flooding.

4 April 2017


The model of urbanization over the past two decades has been far from “smart” and sustainable. This is the major conclusion of Habitat III, the third United Nations’ Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that took place in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. Our cities are growing very quickly and spontaneously. Decreased planning and excessive urban expansion, alongside reduced density, is leading us to unprecedented levels of chaos, urban poverty and environmental degradation.

Ativistas, artistas e pesquisadores de 15 países se reuniram na Maré (Créditos: Divulgação / Instituto Maria e João Aleixo)
26 March 2017

Pensar a ideia de periferia. Esta foi a missão nada fácil de ativistas, pesquisadores e intelectuais de 15 países, reunidos no Complexo da Maré durante a última semana. Eles participaram do seminário internacional “O que é a periferia afinal e qual o seu lugar na cidade?”, que aconteceu nos dias 16 e 17 de março no Galpão Bela Maré.

(Portal de Angola)
24 March 2017

Decreto Presidencial delega poderes a Empresa Gestora de Terrenos Urbanos de administrar todos os espaços infra-estruturados cujas receitas geradas serão encaminhadas a um Fundo sob sua gestão.

A Empresa Gestora de Terrenos Infra-estruturados, Empresa Pública (EP), criada por Decreto Presidencial 58/15, de 5 de Março, passa doravante a assegurar a gestão comercial dos terrenos urbanos que integram as várias centralidades espalhadas pelo país e outras áreas de Luanda.

Legislation & Policies
National Policies
November 2001

Article 1

"These regulations are formulated in order to strengthen the management of urban housing demolition and relocation, safeguard the legal rights and interests of demolition and relocation parties, and preserve the smooth progress of construction projects."

March 1978

An Act to vest all land comprised in the territory of each State (except land vested in the Federal Government or its agencies) solely in the Governor of the State, who would hold such land in trust for the people and would henceforth be responsible for allocation of land in all urban areas to individuals resident in the State and to organisations for residential, agricultural, commercial and other purposes while similar powers with respect to non-urban areas are conferred on Local Governments.

Journal Articles & Books
March 2011

Countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region were the first in the developing world to go through rapid urbanization. Today, the region is the second most urbanized region in the world. This urbanization process has been accompanied by sharp social contrasts and economic disparities, a buoyant informal housing and land development process and increased local democracy and municipal autonomy, coupled with active social urban movements. This makes the Latin America and Caribbean region a unique landscape in the study of land and housing for the poor.