World Urban Forum dialogue to focus on urban planning
In anticipation of the Sixth World Urban Forum in Naples in September, coordinated by UN-Habitat, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. will host a series of dialogues organized by a diverse network of US urban policy stakeholders.
The first dialogue, on Thursday May 24, 2012 at the National Building Museum will be moderated by Paul Farmer FAICP, chief executive of the American Planning Association, and will focus on how urban planning and design can create the necessary conditions for cities to prosper and effectively respond to urban growth.
Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy , will join Maria Andrawis, program coordinator at the International Youth Foundation, William Hudnut, former mayor of Indianapolis and Joseph C. Canizaro Fellow for Public Policy at the Urban Land Institute , Abha Joshi-Ghani, head of Global Urban Development Practice at the World Bank, and Harriet Tregoning, director of the Washington DC Office of Planning, for "Rethinking Urban Planning and the Future of Cities: An Interactive Forum," a wide-ranging conversation on what is increasingly recognized as the “urban century.”
Steven Feldstein, director of the Office of Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development will provide opening remarks, and Chris Williams, director of the UN-Habitat Washington office, will offer closing comments.
Urban planners have been on the forefront of innovations in land use, public space, and economic development that have revitalized a profession that will be much in demand in the coming decades. Accordingly, UN-Habitat has elevated urban planning as one of the four dialogues to be discussed at the World Urban Forum 6 September 1-7 in Naples, Italy. Environmental degradation, inadequate infrastructure, and the conditions in which nearly one billion slum dwellers currently live suggest that traditional urban planning models will need to be dramatically revised. This session will examine how a new approach to urban planning itself, including the development of new institutions and legislation, could help improve quality of life.
The National Building Museum, UN-Habitat, the Office for International & Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Habitat for Humanity are organizing all four dialogues throughout the summer in the run-up to the World Urban Forum. The other dialogues will be Equity and Prosperity: Distribution of Wealth and Opportunities, on June 18; Productive Cities: Competition, Innovation and Urban Job Creation, July 18; and Urban Mobility, Energy, Environment, and Sustenance, August 13.
The May 24 dialogue was developed as a partnership of USAID, the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the German Marshall Fund. The event is being supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation .
At the end of the summer, a cumulative report will be published to summarize the four sessions and draw parallels to forthcoming events at the World Urban Forum 6. Fellows and program directors from the Lincoln Institute will participate in that gathering, expected to draw some 10,000 participants from around the world, in several workshops and presentations.