How Habitat III Can Ripple Across the Urban Planning World

October 18th, 2016


Quito, Ecuador, this week provides a very visible snapshot of the challenges facing a rapidly urbanizing world. Tens of thousands of people from across the globe have arrived in the capital city for Habitat III, a UN conference on sustainable development. They’re talking about the adoption and implementation of a document called the New Urban Agenda, which lays out goals for how the world’s cities can evolve and take shape over the next 20 years. And with their arrival comes an abrupt uptick in Quito’s population (typically around 2.6 million) and more crowds and more traffic.

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