Location

Nairobi, Kenya

CORRUPTION & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Client

UN Habitat

CORRUPTION & URBAN DEVELOPMENT – UNI HABITAT, NAIROBI

Working in collaboration with Transparency International, UPB have been developing a pedagogic model that addresses corruption and urban development. The pedagogy was launched this September in a workshop at UN Habitat in Nairobi, and will be piloted in cities and universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The pedagogy is intended to engage students, academics and practitioners of urbanism, urban design, planning and architecture in issues of corruption in the built environment and design professions, and ways to promote transparency and design cities of integrity.

 

With Transparency International Secretariat https://www.transparency.org, UN Habitat http://unhabitat.org, University of Nairobi, Makerere University Uganda, University of Zimbabwe, University of Zambia, Slum Dwellers International http://sdinet.org, TI Kenya http://www.tikenya.org, TI Uganda http://tiuganda.org, TI Zambia http://www.tizambia.org.zm, TI Zimbabwe http://www.tizim.org

Location

Medellin, Colombia

Productive Territories: Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and Equity

Productive Territories: Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and Equity

Networking Event, World Urban Forum 7, Medellin

As more and more people around the world live in urban poverty, and as the gap between the economically mobile and the disadvantaged increases, urban design is inextricably linked with the distribution of economic resources and civic services. If poverty can only be eradicated when cities become more efficient in ecological, economic, political, social and cultural realms, it is urgent for urbanists around the world to develop strategies that can lay the groundwork for equity.

 

Productive Territories* research platform is hosting a networking event at the World Urban Forum 7, Medellin, to discuss the potential for urbanism, as an integrated spatial discipline, to enhance productivity and promote social and economic mobility.  The event will bring together actors and agents from around the world, including urbanists, developers, designers, academics, policy makers, research institutions and the public, to discuss their experiences, ideas, concerns and strategies.  The event will culminate in a public discussion exploring the concept of the Productive City in the Twenty-First Century, and how design can play an essential role in stimulating more equal forms of production in urban environments.

Speakers and Respondents:

Alex Warnock Smith, Architectural Association, Urban Projects Bureau Ltd, UK

Alejandro Rodriguez, Geografia urbana, Colombia

Carlos A. Nuñez, Arquitectura en Estudio, Colombia

Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International, Berlin

Jorge Sanchez, Nomena, Peru

Juliana Muniz Westcott, JMW, Brazil/Netherlands

Maria Claudia Peñas, Ciudades como vamos, Colombia

Ana Lopez, City Mart, Barcelona.

productiveterritories.org

wuf7.unhabitat.org

Productive Territories is a research platform developing intelligence, knowledge and debate about the role of design in promoting fair and just conditions in cities. We work collaboratively with international agencies, public and private sector organisations, NGOs, think tanks and academic institutions to develop strategic approaches to issues facing cities globally today. Productive Territories aims to expand the understanding of the potential of urbanism, architecture and design in creating equitable and inclusive cities.

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Location

Brasilia, Brazil

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012

Client

Transparency International

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012

Urban Projects Bureau, with Transparency International, attended the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia, 2012, and led a discussion session called ‘Mobilising the Metropolis, New Approaches to Fighting Corruption in the Context of Rapid Urbanisation’. With UN Habitat, Avina and Transparency International Chapters.

Location

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

EU SUSTAINABLE URBANISM CONFERENCE

Client

ZELENA AKEIJA – GREEN ACTION CROATIA

EU SUSTAINABLE URBANISM CONFERENCE

Urban Projects Bureau delivered a lecture on Urbanism and Citizen Empowerment at the EU-sponsored Sustainable Urbanism conference in Dubrovnik in March 2013.

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Location

Architectural Association, London

Informal City: Design as Political Engagement

Client

Urbanism and the Informal City Research Cluster, AA

Informal City: Design as Political Engagement

Urbanism & The Informal City research cluster explores the concept of the ‘informal’ as a parallel modality that shapes the urban condition. With particular emphasis on spatiality, the cluster is researching ways in which ‘informal’ processes contribute to a radical re-thinking of the space of the city and its institutions, and organised the Design as Political Engagement symposium at the Architectural Association in February 2012.

Invited speakers included:

Alfredo Brillembourg, (Urban Think Tank, Chair for Architecture and Urban Design ETH Zurich)

Jose Castillo, (arquitectura 911sc, Urban Age, LSE Cities advisory board member)

Felipe Hernandez, (Lecturer University of Cambridge)

Jorge Juaregui,( Atelier Metropolitano)

Franklin Lee, (SUBdv, AA Unit Master 2005-10)

Teddy Cruz, (Estudio Teddy Cruz)

Location

Xue Xue Institute, Taipei

Innovative Regions and Creative Clusters

Client

NCTU Taipei

Innovative Regions and Creative Clusters

Urban Projects Bureau delivered two lectures at the Xue Xue Institute, Taipei, discussing the importance of urbanism as a tool for creating complex, integrated spatial strategies for the development of brown and green-field sites in Taipei, as part of the ‘Innovative Regions and Creative Cities – Governance of Technology, Culture and Knowledge in Regions and Cities’ conference.

With AA Housing and Urbanism, NCTU Graduate Institute of Architecture, S333 Architecture & Urbanism, and Living Labs Global.

 

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Location

Architectural Association, London

Medellin’s Social Urbanism: Symbolism or Transformation?

Client

Urbanism and the Informal City Research Cluster, AA

Medellin’s Social Urbanism: Symbolism or Transformation?

Symposium hosted by the Urbanism and the Informal City research cluster at the AA, discussing interpretations and affects of the Medellin Cable Car.

Invited speakers included:

Dr Julio D’avila (Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, UCL)

Professor Ann Varley (Dpt of Geography, UCL)

Dr Felippe Hernandez (Lecturer, University of Cambridge)