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A Better Urban World for All


Towards a Better Urban Future for All

How can urban planners and other built environment professionals help cities of the global south meet the growing needs for housing, transportation, jobs, etc., of their rapidly expanding and overwhelmingly poor populations? And how can these professionals ensure, at the same time, the development of sustainable urban settlements—i.e., places where economic growth and social development which foster wealth creation, social equity, and human flourishing are in balance with the carrying capacity of the natural systems on which they depend?


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Bridging the gap: new towns and village-based urbanization in Hanoi, Vietnam

A new high-rise building overlooks a temple in one of Hanoi's many urban villages. Photo by Danielle Labbé.

A new high-rise building overlooks a temple in one of Hanoi's many urban villages. Photo by Danielle Labbé.

Urbanization is drastically remodelling the outskirts of Southeast Asian cities. This study explores an increasingly salient driver of this transformation process: the production of large-scale, mixed-use land redevelopments often called “new towns.”


Zapopan, child-friendly city : applied-research partnership with the Mexican municipal sector

The street as a playground, in an underprivileged neighborhood of Zapopan, Mexico. Photo by Zapopan’s Strategic Projects’ Office.

The street as a playground, in an underprivileged neighborhood of Zapopan, Mexico. Photo by Zapopan’s Strategic Projects’ Office.

Being a city of significant socio-spatial differences, Zapopan (in Guadalajara’s metropolitan region, Mexico, a territory of 4,3 million people) is facing important challenges in urban redefinition. This applied-research aims to providing new tools to the municipal sector in order to develop and put in place meaningful actions improving the city’s quality of life. 


Emerging real estate markets and urban production dynamics in metropolitan territories:
A comparative perspective on continental Southeast Asia

A new mixed-use development rises from the paddy fields on the periphery of Hanoi. Photo by Clément Musil (2012).

A new mixed-use development rises from the paddy fields on the periphery of Hanoi. Photo by Clément Musil (2012).

Funded by the Observatoire Ivanhoé Cambridge du développement urbain et immobilier, this research program brings together five researchers in urban planning, urban design, economics and geography. It aims to shed light on the relationship between real estate dynamics and the formation of metropolitan areas in continental Southeast Asia and in other regions of the developing world where real estate markets are either emerging or undergoing profound changes.


Climate change adaptation in informal settings:
understanding and reinforcing bottom-up initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

Recent constructions on stilts in Cuba. Photo by Mamed Muffak.

Recent constructions on stilts in Cuba. Photo by Mamed Muffak.

In the face of climate change and variability, this project explores how agents of change (women in particular), implement adaptation strategies to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance resilience in informal settings in small/medium-sized cities in Latin America and the Caribbean.