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Urban Thinkers Campus: The City We Need

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Please join us and contribute to the New Urban Agenda by participating in the Urban Thinkers Campus in New York City on October 24. Help us create the Roadmap To the City We Need! 

According to UN Reports the world will receive 2.5 billion more people in the next 30 years. Due to rapid urbanization a majority of these people will be urban dwellers' who will have to cope with the rapidly changing weather patterns. These trends combined with rural to urban migration of existing populations and the fact that 1/3 of the world's urban population lives in slums emphasizes the urgent need for high quality urban design and planning along with securing its implementation.

The Urban Thinkers Campus is a special initiative of the World Urban Campaign and UN-Habitat, the UN agency focused on urbanization, to gather ideas from people around the world who are passionate about the future of cities. It is an initiative meant to emulate and build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions for urban futures. Twenty-nine Urban Thinker Campuses are planned in over a dozen countries on five continents, and the New York City edition is one of only two in the U.S. 

The organizers of the New York City Urban Thinkers Campus representing esteemed New York-based institutions have worked diligently to create a conference that is more than business as usual. This conference seeks to educate and engage multiple audiences to facilitate a critical discussion about where our cities have been, where they are and where they need to be. Your input and the input of the Twenty-eight other UTC’s will form the backbone of the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of Habitat III that will guide global thinking on urbanization for the next twenty years. Habitat III itself will take place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016 (and will be the first implementation conference following the expected climate change framework to result from COP21 in Paris.)

This event is sponsored by the Global Urban Futures Project in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

This event is free, but RSVP is required by clicking on the top right register button.

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Conferences and Symposia


General Public


Cities and Urbanism, International and Global, Politics, Policy and Government


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Global Studies and Migration, Urban Design, Development and Policy




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