Joan Clos Message on how to Build Better Cities

Last week, McKinsey and UN Habitat published an essay by Joan Clos, on how we can build better cities. In the essay he points out that in the economic history of humanity, urbanization has always been an accelerator of growth and development, and we are now in the process of massive urbanization. Already 55 per… Continue reading Joan Clos Message on how to Build Better Cities

Towards The City We Need

In the Future of Places III conference last week, there was a set of speeches about the World Urban Campaign and the road towards Habitat III, which I would like to share. The World Urban Campaign is the advocacy and partnership platform for cities in the twenty first century. Its goal is to place the… Continue reading Towards The City We Need

The Final Future of Places Conference

The final Future of Places Conference will be held in Stockholm from today, 29 June to 1 July. This is the final of a series of three international conferences and it will involve some of the world’s most profound minds and dedicated professionals in dialogue on the subject of public space, placemaking and place governance.… Continue reading The Final Future of Places Conference

Nairobi Railway City Conference

Bearing have this week attended and presented at an important conference in Kenya, hosted by United Nations Habitat. The purpose of the conference was to agree a strategic action plan on a key piece of former railway land adjacent to the Nairobi Central Business District. Senior representatives from Bearing met with their counterparts from the… Continue reading Nairobi Railway City Conference

Development of Nairobi´s Central Railway District

Bearing has been awarded a project by United Nations Habitat to support in redevelopment of the central railway district in Nairobi, Kenya. The United Nations Settlement programme, UN-Habitat, is together with the Government of Sweden, Agence Francaise de Developpement and the World Bank aiming to enhance the sustainable urban development sector in Kenya through an… Continue reading Development of Nairobi´s Central Railway District

Dr. Juan Clos Message on World Cities Day

The World Cities Day was established on 27 December 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly, deciding to designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day. This is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and challenges in urbanization and contribute… Continue reading Dr. Juan Clos Message on World Cities Day

Paper City – An Urban Story

As part of its Urban October celebrations, UN-Habitat has launched “Paper City”, a stop-motion video animation portraying today’s urban challenges using a paper and cardboard mock city. Aimed at an audience not yet familiar with urbanization processes, the video intends to draw attention on current issues caused by rapid and uncontrolled city growth. It points… Continue reading Paper City – An Urban Story

Future of Places

The Conference on Future of Places was held June 24 to June 27 in Stockholm. It was organised by United Nations Habitat in cooperation with the Axson Johnson Foundation. More than 200 people from 50 nations participated in this weeks forum, which was the first of three conferences that will lead up to Habitat III… Continue reading Future of Places