III. HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
The Housing and Urban Development Unit focuses on the study of equitable housing prototypes, land use and strategic planning and energy saving for the management of sustainable urban transformation.
Strategic Urban Planning & Policy
Focus on setting planning objectives and concepts that fit current social and climate demands and ways to manage and prioritize these objectives to meet social, economic and environmental challenges.
Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change
Addresses theoretical and practical approaches to urban environmental, sustainability and climate change management issues, looking at how cities can adapt to climate change impacts and how to minimize environmental effects on people and infrastructure.
Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice
Supports housing policies and institutional frameworks that ensure everyone has access to adequate housing by creating humane settlements that foster social, economic and spatial integration and inclusion.
Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development
Addresses legal structures and decision-making processes concerning access to land and its use, the implementation of such decisions, as well as institution and stakeholder management and the way these factors shape the development of a city
Infrastructure & Green Cities
Focus on energy, transport, building, water and sanitation sectors to develop sustainable public services greener and to create green policies that respond to climate change challenges
Reclaiming public space in Kuwait’s residential neighbourhoods: an applied policy-oriented approach
Alexandra Gomes, Asseel Al-Ragam, Sharifa Alshalfan
Kuwait’s urbanization patterns are leading to higher levels of motorization with negative impacts on individual health and the environment. As a consequence, re-evaluating urban development mechanisms becomes extremely vital. This project addresses the need for significant change in planning urban public space that would influence healthier individual behavior and environmentally-friendly mobility patterns.