Urban planning is a complex process that requires strong political leadership and commitment, and implementable legal frameworks articulated through a common development vision and social participation. It is exactly in the complexity of this process that UN-Habitat founded its in-house Urban Planning and Design Lab, in order to provide assistance to local, regional and national authorities with urban planning and design.
Quito, Ecuador 01 November 2016--- UN-Habitat through its Urban Planning and Design Lab launched its Urban Labs publication to great acclaim in an event at the One UN Pavilion at the Habitat III Conference. The event featured several partners from the Global Network of Planning Labs who reported on their individual and localized experience.
Quito, 19 October 2016-- – UN Habitat’s Urban Planning and Design Lab, with participation from partners and stakeholders held the premiere of the Urban Labs Movie opening to rave reviews and a full house at the ongoing Habitat III conference.
Two panels of local stakeholders from partner cities of the Urban Labs followed the screening by discussing the role that the Urban Labs played and continue to play in the sustainable development of their cities.
The Spatial Development Framework 2040 for Johannesburg is a city-wide spatial policy document developed by the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with The Urban Planning and Design Lab from UN-Habitat, Iyer Urban Design Studio and Urban the Morphology & Complex Systems Institute. The document identifies the main challenges and opportunities in the city, setting a spatial vision for the future city, and outlining a set of strategies that to realize that vision.
Durban, 28 September 2016 - Planners from around the world engaged in discussing the application of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning Guidelines; a new tool being developed to provide a global reference framework for improving global policies, plans, designs and implementation processes.