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Outcome of PrepCom2

The second Preparatory Committee for Habitat III taking place in Nairobi 14-16 April took several decisions on process and timing. Close to 800 participants from 90 countries attended the important meeting. Stakeholders and partners discussed the most important topics for the New Urban Agenda in 36 side events and 21 exhibitors demonstrated their work around the world. The Future of Read on


FoP to PrepComII and GC25 in Nairobi

The Future of Places will attend the Second Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III Conference (PrepComII) 14-16 April and the 25th session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (GC25) 17-23 April at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi. The Future of Places will present an exhibition throughout the period highlighting the importance of public space in the Read on


Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen to FoP III

The Future of Places Conference III is pleased to announce that sociologists Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett will be Keynote Speakers. Richard Sennett is the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Sennett has written about cities, labor and culture. He has studied social ties in cities, Read on


Bruce Katz to speak on FoP III

Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, Washington will speak on the coming FoP III-conference in June about Innovations districts and places. He is the co-author of the book “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy (with Jennifer Bradley). Katz regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms Read on


FoP III hosting second UN Urban Thinkers Campus

The third and final Future of Places conference will host the second Urban Thinkers Campus “Public Space in the New Urban Agenda” in Stockholm 29 June – 1 July 2015. The Urban Thinkers Campus is an official gathering of the World Urban Campaign of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in preparation for the third United Nations Conference on Read on


Call for papers

Following the 2014 Future of Places conference in Buenos Aires, we are pleased to announce the next conference in the series. The 2015 Future of Places conference will serve as a lead-in to Habitat III and its theme “Toward a New Urban Agenda.”  Conference-goers will have an opportunity to shape that agenda by helping to define the critical issues for action,particularly Read on


FoP regional Workshop in Geneva

The workshop “Vital Public Spaces”: Designing and managing public spaces for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities will be organized 24 February 2015 at the UNECE, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. In the line up of speakers you will find the iconic placemaker Jan Gehl from Denmark. Sustainable cities and human settlements, including public spaces, is one of the focus Read on