Intercultural Innovation Award →
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have joined forces to strengthen their commitment to encourage cultural diversity and coexistence among communities. The BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation, in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations (otherwise known as the Intercultural Innovation Award) searches for innovative and sustainable projects around the world that are encouraging dialogue and cooperation among people from different cultural backgrounds using novel and creative methods.
Not-for-profit organizations that are active in the fields of migration and integration; intercultural awareness; education for intercultural citizenship; the role of specific groups (faith-based; women; youth; media) in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track records in managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply.
Learning from the City
With rapid urbanisation taking place on a global scale, urban areas are increasingly affected by humanitarian emergencies. Amid the growing recognition of the need to address the operational implications of urban risk and vulnerability in the humanitarian sector, this event will launch the British Red Cross’ recent study on humanitarian action in urban areas: Learning from the city.
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be”
Beyond 7 billion
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world’s population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries.
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Intervención Urbana: “Stairway Cinema”
“Stairway Cinema” es una instalación artística desarrollada por el colectivo experimental Oh.NO.SUMO. Dispuesto en dos calles de Auckland, Nueva Zelanda, la instalación cuenta con una estructura de tela que cubre parte de una escalera y que en su interior tiene una superficie en la que se proyectan cortometrajes. Con el objetivo de animar a la gente a tomarse este cine al aire libre, se colocan almohadillas en las escalera.
IN WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn—the hippest part of New York’s hippest borough—you can pick up a seat for $750 made from the redwood reclaimed from an old water tower; or fork out $3,200 for a “Bilge” lounge chair, crafted from bourbon barrels and truck springs. Alternatively, if you are trend-conscious but cash-poor, you can download the free designs for strikinglysimilar items, get them cut at a local shop, and assemble them at home.
Centre for Architecture and Human Rights / King Mongkut’s University of Technology
Intervention in Human Rights has, until now, had very few models in the architecture profession. There are the non-profit organizations and NGO’s. They often focus on structures and spaces that have been decimated by natural disasters or military conflict. Then there is the Forensic Architecture approach which seeks to document exactly what people have undergone in those circumstances. Most architecture activists, however, fall into the first category, focusing on building or re-building.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win"
URBAN Africa →
The Urban Africa knowledge portal is a project of the Urban Wiki Board, funded by Urban LandMark and executed by African Centre for Cities. It is designed to be a digital entry point for knowledge sharing, interactive exchange and information dissemination on urbanisation in Africa. It aims to create an unprecedented knowledge bridge between African scholars, policy makers, urban practitioners and various other actors involved in trying to understand the impacts of urbanisation on the continent.
A key objective of Urban Africa is the mainstreaming of progressive debates on African urbanism through the stimulation of a dynamic online community, constituted by a diverse range of actors, dedicated to the topic of African urbanisation.