Special Session: Shaping Equitable Urban Futures - World Urban Forum 11th Session
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Special Session: Shaping Equitable Urban Futures - - World Urban Forum 11th Session (WUF11, 26–30 June 2022, Katowice, Poland)



This session is designed
to explore narratives and best practices around public value and quality
of design of the built environment, focusing on innovative and
experimental approaches to policymaking and spatial design that
prioritise the common good. The session will explore case studies of
cities developing critical transformations 'on the ground' that aim to
improve the lives of urban citizens and help meet SDGs. 

  • Shaping caring and inclusive cities: the case of Bogotá
  • Developing equitable plans for uncertain futures: the cases of Gaziantep and Freetown
  • Reorienting the housing market to deliver public value: the case of Barcelona

key question will be 'how do narratives and practices around
governance, planning and urban economies need to shift to enable
fundamental transformations to a more equitable future?'

event is organised in partnership with the Council on Urban Initiatives,
a collaboration between UN-Habitat, UCL Institute for Innovation and
Public Purpose, and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.
Launched in November 2021, the Council is an independent body
established constituted by an international group of eighteen pioneering
mayors, practitioners, activists and academics. The Council's mission
is to advocate for the power of cities to promote systemic change to
achieve the goal of the green, just and healthy city.

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Transforming cities by investing in public value and public space

Guiding Questions for discussions

  • How can urban spaces be designed to centre marginalised populations?
  • Given future uncertainties around migration and climate change, how can planning principles be adapted to uncertainty and flux?
  • How can urban environments be designed to promote equity and inclusion in the context of shifting populations and cultures?
  • What
    are the key barriers to implementing equitable transformations at the
    city level, and what needs to be done to mitigate these?
  • How can transformations be sustainably financed and institutionalised beyond short-term political cycles?