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  • Andrew Rudd

    Andrew Rudd

    Andrew Rudd is the Urban Environment Officer for UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning & Design Branch in New York, where he leads substantive advocacy for the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (including the SDGs). He also manages a portfolio of projects related to urban sprawl and landscape connectivity. Before that he worked for five years in UN-Habitat’s Nairobi office, where he served on the agency’s delegation to the Rio+20 conference and managed the Urban Patterns for a Green Economy publication series, a photographic investigation of fast-growing cities and UN-Habitat’s participation in the Shanghai Expo. Previously Andrew worked as an architect in New York. He has been a contributing author to Urban Environment Education Report (forthcoming), Global Street Design Guide (forthcoming), Assessment Report on Cities and Climate Change II (2015), Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (2013), Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Action and Policy (2012), Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy (2011) and Open Space on the Aylesbury: Between Public and Private (2007). Andrew studied architecture at Yale and urbanism at the LSE.

    December 8, 2015

    Goal
    An explicitly urban Sustainable Development Goal has been adopted by the UN (#11). Now what? Where could it go wrong?
    Genie Birch, Philadelphia
    Ben Bradlow, Boston
    William Dunbar, Tokyo
    Peter Head, London
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Hui Ling Lim, Singapore
    Shuaib Lwasa, Kampala
    Jose Puppim, Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio
    Andrew Rudd, New York City
    Karen Seto, New Haven
    David Simon, Gothenburg
    Bolanle Wahab, Ibadan
    Lorena Zárate, Mexico City

       

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    September 20, 2015

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    Shrink-ing Times Square
    Andrew Rudd, New York City

    1. What’s the matter with Times Square?  Several years ago, Helle Søholt, CEO of Gehl Architects, said that New York would be the most sustainable city in the world if only it fixed its streets. Million Trees NYC is one...

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    May 12, 2014

    According to available studies, around 60% of the housing in Mexico has been built by the people. Similar percentages can be found in several countries of the Global South. The dualistic conceptualization of formal-informal does not captures the richness and diversity of these processes, and usually translates into limited governmental interventions and very often in its criminalization. We prefer to understand them as --social production of habitat--, a self-managed effort from communities and families to realize their right to housing and their right to the city. References: Among others, please refer to some of the following publications: Enrique Ortiz F. y Ma. Lorena Zárate (eds.), Vivitos y coleando. 40 años trabajando por el hábitat popular en América Latina, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana y HIC-AL, México, 2002; Enrique Ortiz Flores y Ma. Lorena Zárate (eds.), De la marginación a la ciudadanía: 38 casos de producción y gestión social del hábitat, Fundación Forum Universal de las Culturas, HIC y HIC-AL, Barcelona, 2005; y Rino Torres, La producción social de vivienda en México. Su importancia nacional y su impacto en la economía de los hogares pobres, HIC-AL, México, 2006.
    A Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Cities and Human Settlements is competing for a place among the final United Nations SDGs that will be approved in 2014. If there were an explicitly Urban SDG, what would it look like? What should it say?
    Yunus Arikan, Bonn
    Genie Birch, Philadelphia
    Ben Bradlow, Boston
    Maruxa Cardama, Brussels
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
    Julian Goh, Singapore
    Shuaib Lwasa, Kampala
    Anjali Mahendra, Delhi
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Andrew Rudd, New York City
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Karen Seto, New Haven
    Lorena Zárate, Mexico City

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    February 16, 2014

    New York City’s capped Fresh Kills Landfill with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Photo: Nathan Kensinger
    Digging Ourselves Deeper
    Andrew Rudd, New York City

    0 There’s an old saying about defecating and eating and not doing both in the same place. It is usually applied to interpersonal relations but serves just as well for industrial ones. And it is particularly relevant to mining. Certainly we...

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    August 7, 2013

    Wagner’s ‘Tristan Chord’ (highlighted in orange)
    Tuning Out / In
    Andrew Rudd, New York City

    Ten years ago this month, in 2003, northeastern North America experienced the second most widespread blackout in history. That August evening, toward the end of my three-hour commute home on foot, a nearly full moon rose over the soft brownstone canyons...

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    March 13, 2013

    green roof atop hyllie mall in ma lmö, sweden ©alessandro scotti
    Intensiveness and Extensiveness in Our Urban Landscape
    Andrew Rudd, New York City

    Much of urban history has emphasized density and centrality in city form. Though some environmentalists question the sustainability of such intensive land use, recent studies have shown that urban density correlates positively with resource efficiency and reduced emissions. At the...

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    October 10, 2012

    Zebra
    No More Elsewheres
    Andrew Rudd, New York City

    The frogs of suburban Nairobi Four years ago I moved to Nairobi and repaired the concrete-lined fish pond on my property. Soon thereafter the frogs appeared unbidden. Their performance generally begins with a single peep or croak and rapidly crescendos...

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