Blockchain in Ghana: Revolutionising land transfer in a complex environment

How people can safely secure land property via #Blockchain in a risky environment In Ghana there are a host of problems involved with attempting to secure property. The slow bureaucratic process of registering your property – two years on average – can see someone unexpectedly claiming your land before...

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Funding Massive Small Innovation

From Big to Small Our cities and towns are failing us. Once thought of as wellsprings of opportunity, they are not generating sustainable livelihoods, thriving community, equitable access to resources, and healthy living environments for all their inhabitants. As cities have grown, so too have a web of challenges. This includes...

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Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green – Shareable

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green - Shareable

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced...

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Story of cities #32: Jane Jacobs v Robert Moses, battle of New York’s urban titans | Cities | The Guardian

Jane Jacobs is a veteran of Massive Small thinking. Not only does she reimagine the city as a humane habitat; she has demonstrated the power of collective to take on existing power structures and thinking paradigms. What started as a personal stance, changed how we think about urban development,...

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Participatory Design in Poor Communities: Beyond the Rhetoric

Participatory Planning Indian Community

Source: Participatory Design in Poor Communities: Beyond the Rhetoric “Participatory design” seems to be the mantra of the current generation of urban practitioners working with low-income populations. There is growing consensus that local communities should be involved in projects that affect them, both for the sake of their efficacy...

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Fractal street lengths as a starting point for an urban district infill | Nels Nelson

Left to right: Veins of a leaf displaying scale hierarchies; Map of Paris displaying street scaling; H-fractal with ten scale levels. I’ve been highly motivated by a presentation I saw by Serge Salat (Urban Morphology Lab) regarding the #resilience of urban fabric as tested by two parameters, the relative frequency of...

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