Buenos Aires 1-3 September 2014:
Streets as Public Spaces
and drivers of Urban Prosperity

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Next Future of Places international conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina during 1-3 September 2014. This is the second of three international conferences and it will convene some of the world’s most profound minds and dedicated professionals on the subject of public space and placemaking. (Other activities on national and regional level are also going on during the period 2013-2016).

The conference will comprehend plenary and parallel sessions, workshops, discussions, speed presentations, academic papers, networking and tours. It´s free of charge including tours and meals. If you are not invited directly you can apply for an invitation.

The inauguration conference held in Stockholm in 2013 attracted over 200 people from more than 50 nations. The content and collection of best practices that will be showcased in Buenos Aires will represent a wide array of public space settings, a collection of cities facing a range of challenges and will represent countries across the development paradigm.

The main theme for the second conference focuses on “Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity”; the subject is appropriately related to a new research report from UN-Habitat with the same name. It concludes that:

“prosperous cities are those that recognize the relevance of public spaces (with proper layouts) and those which have allocated sufficient land to street development, including sufficient crossings along an appropriate lengthy network.”

The conference – like the report – will demonstrate that streets as public spaces have the transformative ability to address a range of issues pertaining to the primary pillars of sustainable urban development, namely, social, economic, environmental, governance and spatial.

The report will be presented by UN-Habitat experts as an overture to the conference which then will develop the theme along the following tracks:

  • The global challenge – highlighting the result of rapid urbanization today
  • How to build new streets, how to retrofit roads to streets and how to enhance the public life
  • Placemaking at street level
  • Public space and street life in informal settlements- focus on livelihood and productivity
  • Latin American solutions
  • Streets as social and inclusive public spaces
  • Role of stakeholders

The conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions, workshops, discussions, speed presentations, academic papers and tours.

The overall objective of the Future of Places is to ensure that a people centered agenda highlighting Public Space as a priority of discussion becomes part of the Habitat III conference in 2016. The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) carries the responsibility of setting a new urban agenda for the coming 20 years. The Future of Places programme is working tirelessly to ensure that the cities of the future encapsulate the public realm and the people who utilize these places.

Venue

Panamericano Hotel
Carlos Pellegrini 551
1009 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Confirmed Speakers

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The conference hotel is situated on the beautiful 9 de Julio Avenue, just in front of the Obelisk and the Colón Theater, in the downtown area of Argentine’s Capital Federal known as “microcentro”.

Hotel suggestions:

Colón                                              4*                  USD 70
Pestana                                          4*                  USD 95
Ibis Obelisco                                 3*                  USD 77
Hostel Suites Obelisco                Hostel            USD 15-35

 

 

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