Improving informal settlements using social technologies

The demand for technical assistance for informal housing in Brazil dates back to the 1970s. This resulted in 2008 in new social housing strategies. The future of free technical advisory services is directly related to social technologies.

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Reduction of inequality in the sub-Saharan region

The gap between poverty and wealth in Southern Africa is reflected in its built environment. Retention of traditional and vernacular architectures in both self-built and government-provided housing would help reduce inequality.

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Macro and microeconomics potential of urban settlements

As more people move from rural to urban areas due to climate change, ensuring a sustainable future will require careful balancing of the macro challenges of managing urban change with the micro elements of community and enterprise.

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Prosperity and small business enterprises

Traditional skills can incite a renaissance in education, entrepreneurship and job creation to play a vital role in supporting economic growth. There is an opportunity for a paradigm shift where tradition and ancient knowledge support innovation.

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Affordable and clean energy in India

India is a country with an huge energy deficit. More than 300 million rural inhabitants have no commercial electricity. There is widespread dependence on imported fossil fuels. However, ambitious government investment in renewables is set to turn this around.

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Vernacular buildings and adaptation to floods

In flood-prone areas of South and Southeast Asia, vernacular architecture has resulted in various forms of elevated buildings. As climate change causes a wider range of challenges, lessons from this architecture will be key to dealing with future risks.

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