Every 20 years, the UN stages a global summit to which 30,000 visitors attend and 10,000 actively participate to outline, debate and agree the key issues affecting housing and sustainable urbanisation over the next two decades.
The third United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) conference was held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, at which the draft plan, the New Urban Agenda, was adopted. Discussing city-making topics as wide and varied as migration and security to housing, urban mobility and social cohesion, mayors, political leaders and urbanists came together to debate and agree a global strategy.
The architecture profession, however, was scantly represented. Yet architects can offer much in the creation of 21st century worldwide cities.This conference will explain just what the New Urban Agenda is and look at the role architects can play in building the good city. It will present the perspective of politicians and architects, explore how architects can contribute to creating a cohesive society, innovate to alleviate the housing crisis whilst protecting cultural and natural heritage.