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'Green capital' as basis for a healthy living environment

Western European cities face uncertain futures as it comes to climate change, population growth and mobility. Therefore, many cities make strategic choices regarding urban densification, 'greening' and sustainability.

A masterplan to combat floods in a tropical delta

Bangladesh has a clear need for a masterplan to deal with climate change, flooding and drought, and secure better circumstances for the people. Bangladesh experiences flooding every year, as it is a flat country and carved up by three very large rivers, which bring huge volumes of water down from the Himalaya Mountains every year. The annual monsoon rains in Bangladesh are added to this discharge. In a year, the monsoon season starts early and lasts a long time, half of Bangladesh gets inundated.

Social media helps to map tourist flows in overrun cities

Tourism has always been considered a profitable activity. However, over-tourism can cause problems, such as traffic jams on narrow roads. In addition, the needs of, local property tenants may not be met due to the demand for holiday property rentals, and tourists may not be able to visit and view landmarks because of the crowds. Therefore, innovative solutions need to be developed to deal with and manage these tourist flows.

Involving citizens in food production through urban vegetable gardening

An increasing number of people want to develop a closer relation with the food that they consume. They often want to be involved in producing their own food or want to know more about the farming practices of the farmers that grow and produce it. Regional food networks can answer these needs. In addition, these networks boost local economy and can enhance the sense of community and connections between urban inhabitants.