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Announcing the third Future of Places conference

We are delighted to announce that the third Future of Places conference (FoP III) will be organised 29 June-1 July 2015 in Stockholm at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower. The registration for the conference will open in January 2015. The venue is located in the neighbouring municipality of Nacka and as a part of the Stockholm urban area the municipality Read on


Urban Thinkers Campus: Towards a Participatory and Inclusive Habitat III

UN-Habitat organised the first Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy, 17 October 2014 where an innovative, inclusive, and intimate gathering of a diverse array of urban thinkers gathered for the next step in The City We Need process towards building a partner consensus at Habitat III. The Italian Planning Institute (INU) and Biennale of Publuc Space organised two sessions together with a Read on

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PrepCom I, UN Secretariat, New York

At the first Habitat III PrepCom meeting in New York 17 September 2014, the Secretary-General of the Conference made important remarks during his opening statement. Particularly of interest for the Future of Places was a first remark: “Last week I was able to meet some of you in the Open Consultations prior to this session. I value the views and Read on

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Talk about Future of Places

The second Future of Places conference that was organised in Buenos Aires 1-3 September 2014 made a buzz further outside the professional circles of urbanists, planners, development experts and academics. Here are a number of articles from Argentinian and international press talking about the conference and related side events going on at the same time in Buenos Aires.   Next Read on

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Open consultation at the UN secretariat, New York

Shortly after the conference in Buenos Aires Future of Places was invited for an open consultation with Dr. Joan Clos in his capacity as Secretary-General of Habitat III. These open consultations with relevant stakeholders and civil society was part of the participatory approach and one of the preparatory steps leading up to the inter-governmental PrepCom I meetings at the UN Read on

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Key messages from Future of Places II

As you already know, the Future of Places conference in Buenos Aires resulted in a outcome document with a common set of key messages that had evolved out of the first and second conferences. These messages were presented by Cecilia Martinez at the closing of the conference and all participants were invited to comment on the key messages within a Read on


Well-attended conference in Buenos Aires

The second Future of Places conference brought together 300 people from 40+ countries, who were interested in advancing the public space agenda. The conference consisted of a range of sessions including plenary discussions, academic sessions, practical workshops and discussion forums as well as key events throughout the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. Of particular interest was the fact that the Read on