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Events in Focus

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

Forum in Guinea Bissau focuses on essential laws for urban equity in developing countries

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Streetlife in Bissau, Guinea Bissau

What are the essential laws for urban equity in the context of developing countries?

This was a question UN-Habitat posed recently in Guinea Bissau at a forum with international experts and legal academics from the University of Bissau, civil society and local administrators.

Just emerging from a period of military rule and having a newly elected government, the country and indeed, the capital city of Bissau, have to grapple with some challenges in relation to its urban development. For a city like Bissau with a growing population of almost half a million, managing its rapidly changing urban setting is challenging.

In this context, basic frameworks are as basic as having a range of planning laws, a national urban policy and a fully functioning and independent municipal government. For locals at the forum, these basic laws and institutions would help develop a set of priorities and galvanize some level of coordination around urban planning. The goal being to start a conversation around equity for Bissau urban dwellers and around access to basic services, housing, improved roads and public transport.

UN-Habitat is actively undertaking work on essential laws for sustainable, inclusive and equitable urban development, particularly for women and those in the informal sector. For more information join the Urban Legal Network and ask a question in our forum.

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