Recent News Entries: Livable Cities
Students in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka recently drew pictures portraying the difficulties they face on the way to school.
Our partner in India, ESAF, recently helped the city of Thrissur celebrate international car-free day.
Watch their very lively video.
Informal open spaces provide places where slum dwellers in Uganda’s capital Kampala can exercise and do myriad other activities but the areas are constantly under threat, found a recent report by HealthBridge and the Non-communicable Diseases Information and Control Centre (NICC).
Not only were the 34 open spaces examined in the study used for recreational activities, including volleyball, netball, running, bike-riding and boxing, they were also used for activities such as traffic thoroughfares, gardening, prayer and as locales for vendors.…
Population growth in Vietnam's capital Hanoi has outstripped the capacity of neighborhood parks and playgrounds. While the city government has a plan to make Hanoi green and clean, it lacks policy measures to achieve targets it has set.
With funding from The Asia Foundation, HealthBridge has published the report Urban governance in preservation and management of neighborhood parks/playgrounds in inner-city districts of Hanoi. It makes numerous recommendations, such as revising the National Urban Upgrading Program to ensure adequate parks and playgrounds.
Increasing traffic in Hanoi is making the city less livable, according to a recent article co-authored by HealthBridge board member Mark Zuidgeest.
However, Mark and his fellow authors were surprised to find that heavier traffic on some streets did not make residents less sociable.
"We need to learn from places like Bangladesh how to have a high quality of life with low carbon emissions and resource consumption."
That's the message of a new video, Recovering from Disruption: A Comprehensive Approach to Building a Better, More Sustainable World.
The video was co-produced by HealthBridge, Carfree.com and Work for a Better Bangladesh.
37% of trips made in Dhaka, a city of about 15 million people, are by walking. Only about 3% use an automobile, yet planners consistently favour vehicles in their work.
Our study on walking in the city revealed just how dangerous it could be, and has generated tools that will be moved throughout Dhaka and in other countries.
Our Livable Cities Director Kristie Daniel just had a post published in the blog of the Sustainable Cities Collective about life in Kathmandu post-earthquakes. She writes:
"Neighbours are spontaneously erecting signs that encouraging drivers to 'drive slow' on their streets, as they don’t want their houses (and fragile states of mind) shaken by speeding vehicles.
From the Andes, where we helped advance the food security of indigenous peoples, to Asia, where we helped make cities amenable to better transportation, recreation and job opportunities for the poor, HealthBridge has pioneered sustainable solutions to the persistent problems of marginalization and unchecked growth.
Starting in April, a free mobile playground has been set up for children in the old quarter of Ha Noi on Saturday evenings.