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Urban Thinkers Campus México: Legal course towards Habitat III

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Courtesy UN-Habitat

The “Urban Thinkers Campus México 2015: Legal course towards Habitat III”, will be celebrated in Mexico City, from November 17 to 20, 2015. This event aims to propose the legal foundations for a new global legal urban planning, that will be incorporated in Habitat III.

We will make the voice of experts on law and urban planning heard, for the preparation of a document containing the principles of the new legal land-use planning in the world, with a legal and interdisciplinary approach, based on the recognition and development of human rights.

The three thematic axis of the event are:

  1. Legal frameworks for the City We Need
  2. New integral urban design for the City We Need
  3. Metropolitan legal regulation.

The event will be developed in two modalities:

  • Urban Thinkers Sessions.
  • Urban Labs Sessions.

Additionally, the organizers will hold a “KIDS Urban Thinkers” as well as a “Right to the City” event.

List of Speakers

A list of speakers and moderators will be confirmed in due course. The organization of the event is affiliated with the Urban Thinkers Campus model developed by the World Urban Campaign.

For more information, visit urban.cnjur.org. 

Statement on the Meeting on the Right to the City, November 2014

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Courtesy Right to the City Platform website

Building a global platform to address the Right to the City’s agenda took prominence in last November’s International Meeting on Rights of the City held in Sane Paulo, Brazil.

The meeting highlighted participation plans for individuals, institutions, organizations, forums and networks in driving inequalities brought about by the accelerated urbanization in cities across the world. Involvement by these minority groups will greatly support the Right to the City’s themes, key principles and indicators. Participation towards the Global Platform Action plan was outlined and made available in four key areas namely:

  • Forms of Incidence of the Global Platform on the Right to the City
  • Research, Training and Capacity Building on the Right to the City
  • Communication, Raising-awareness and Cultural Dimension of Global Platform on the Right to the City
  • Articulation and Alliances of the Global Platform on the Right to the City

Open to institutions, organizations, forums and networks committed to development of the Global Platform on the Right to the City, the Global Action plan is crucial in strengthening local and urban struggle particularly to influence definition process of the Sustainable Development Goals Post-2015.

The meeting, which brought together over 158 participants and 104 institutions and organizations, also addressed women safety in the city, current urban conflicts and implementation prospects of right to the city.

The goals of the Global Platform on the Right to the City go a long way towards achieving justice for minority groups across the globe.

The Global Platform on the Right to the City is now available online through their website: http://www.righttothecityplatform.org.br/

Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism

Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism

UDSU is honoured to host a two-day summit at the University of Strathclyde from 27-28 October to bring together leading ideas on Plot-Based Urbanism.

With an increasing trend towards single-use, suburban developments on large plots, we are in the process of losing the diverse, close-grain urban fabrics that once served as the foundation for our most beloved streets and flourishing town centres. This has provoked urban designers and town planners, academics, community organizations and governments at all levels to rethink how to achieve more sustainable approaches to contemporary placemaking. Based on the fundamental importance of the plot in urban development, plot-based urbanism has recently re-emerged as an updated approach to compact, sustainable urban design and masterplanning.

Plot-based urbanism is built upon earlier traditions of placemaking and claims to inform urban planning and design strategies in a way that is not only conducive to incremental growth and mixture of land uses and tenures but also minimizes adverse economic risks, encourages informal participation, and respects local culture. Now that it is receiving growing attention in academia, practice, and local governments in the UK and Europe, there is no better time to bring together leading voices in the discussions surrounding plot-based urbanism and set new agendas, establish collaborations, and move towards practical implementation in research, practice and policy. Find out more here

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