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from their about page:

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.

In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.


talks: HABITAT III (Quito, 17-20 October 2016)

first one with (below & also sitting in this order) JoanSaskia, Richard, and Ricky

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Richard talking

4 min in talking about quito papers

5 min – charter from 1933 – on dream of how city could function as beautiful machine

6 min – today dream has turned into worst nightmare… idea that you create these isolated efficient skyscrapers detached from each other.. city has become simplified into set of forms… socially repressive/exclusive from people who can’t afford do live in them.. this was our background.. what would be alt to this..

a nother way as alt.. a means to shell us..

for (blank)’s sake

functional ness has become a closed system.. my contribution has been on thinking about cities on open system..

open enough.. to set/keep all of us free..

open city: 1\ complex in synchronous way 2\incomplete in form  3\porous in relationship to various elements in city..

8 min – 1\ generation of complexity.. not well understood.. generated by synchronous activity.. many things happening at once.. works against time.. of sorting out activities appropriate at diff times day/night.. instead of happening at same time..complexity created by spontenaity/synchronicity… disperate elements create synergies.. happens thru activities that don’t fit together.. happening at same time..

11 min – 2\ incomplete form.. has dna which begins process of development but at end is not determined.. defn of closure: you know beginning, determine end.. but inbetween unknown .. open is opp: process of development key critical point.. we’re looking at shells…. not prototypes.. but shells.. of communal orgs.. where theres’a house for something but w/in shell.. is empty.. finding what kind of shells can contain people w/in … today.. closed cities are anything but shells.. interior is completely programmed.. what people are going to do is sussed up.. completely structured.. so what kinds of shells enable open growth

14 min – 3\ porous.. cell membrane.. in cities.. there are very few membrane conditions.. divisions are dead edges.. the notion of exchange is something we’re not seeing in cities.. instead seeing emphasis on centers instead of edges…  because of our focus on id’s coming from centers.. coming from dominate group.. that’s not a city.. a city is a place of strangers.. and strangers exchange at the edges of their id’s…

14 min – of these 3 elements..politically most difficult.. is to create environments which are porous.. because notion of being de centered is difficult for people.. have to learn it.. become porous w/in self.. challenge of porous city is challenge of creating cosmopolitans who are literally de centered…

i hope quito papers will inspire this..


starts about 18 min – talking mostly in spanish.. (so.. notes from translator’s words)

19 min – two parts – slums and org high rise.. neither are cities..

20 min – talking about city is not just talking about city.. talking about massive loss of habitat

26 min – do we really need a multi national co .. to drink a cup of coffee..?

28 min – on singapore buying poor part of detroit.. didn’t announce it.. probably because in 4-5 yrs will recapture.. to build mall or ? a very strong utility function.. so this question of recapture.. we must build it..

30 min – quito papers helpful in this.. recapture.. recover urban space..


31 min – how do we repair our cities..

36 min – who owns the city..

40 min – how many have courage to draw the plan.. that changes..continual re inventing..

43 min – spaces for the unexpected.. areas that we don’t know how they’ll change..

a nother way

in the city 

as the day

45 min – density and complexity together.. not just porous but adaptable.. not something that can be fixed..


47 min – in spanish so words are from translation

there is a future that can be horrible.. but we have seen things can change for good/better.. we are not predetermined to have bad cities.. if we make efforts we can achieve good cities.. and the question is.. how to do this..

52 min – the risk.. is we’re making the blueprint..w/o the intervention of the society..let’s not be so prescriptive..

55 min – how will be living in 30-40 years.. can’t be explained.. in systems we have now.. so has to be an open system..

1:03 – full group

saskia: to have city ness is something much more than bldgs of good design.. how do you build a kind of tissue.. that has in it.. speech.. when we build in a certain way.. we kill that possibility and ll we have are the bldgs.. that’s why working/modest neighborhoods have survived time.. spaces of poor/modest to collab have survived thru time..

1:06 – richard: jacobs was a good friend.. and we disagreed .. on what roll of planning should be.. her: she hated attempt to forcibly integrate b&w into schools..

1:07- for jacobs.. the romance that communities are good hearted and top down planners are bastards.. continues to present.. and i think this is wrong.. people have to be in some way imposed on to live in a better manner..

really.. ? science of people ness

ie: gated community ness should be illegal..

1:11 – saskia: city as one space where power is partially digitized..so an encounter between econ power – only partially material.. and rest of city..  a working city is a city that is a frontier space.. actors from diff worlds have an encounter.. w/ no prior rules..capacity to enable those w/o power..

1:17 – richard: how best to use tech in city..  ie: for communal budgeting; designing collectively.. how to mobilize resources to fight dominant power.. quito papers look at question thru lens of relationship of tech..

hosting-life-bits (chain) via self-talk (chip) as data.. to facil/connect people/curiosity/whimsy


The Quito Papers: An intellectual counterpoint to the


LSE Cities (@LSECities) tweeted at 6:51 AM – 26 Oct 2016 :

The #QuitoPapers will be published soon. Here’s a preview of what to expect. #Habitat3 https://t.co/q4hgl3wDti(http://twitter.com/LSECities/status/791260874782760960?s=17)

quito papers:


Disparate elements that don’t fit together neatly creates synergy,” he said.
As a result, cities should remain incomplete — to “begin a process of development, which at the end is not determined,” he said. Instead, designers and planners should provide the building blocks.

Plans don’t make cities,” Clos said. “What makes cities is the relationship between ideas, especially the conflict between social interests that co-exist in the city.” As a result, the two-time mayor said, “The city is a political artefact.”


summary ish from 2016 – habitat 3 in quito

United Cities (@uclg_org) tweeted at 5:33 AM – 21 Oct 2016 :

#Habitat3 agrees #NUA creating sustainable, equitable cities for all. Ready for the implementation! #Listen2Cities https://t.co/dxrWtpEX4x(http://twitter.com/uclg_org/status/789429437225963520?s=17)


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Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016. The UN Conferences on Housing (Habitat) are occurring in the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016). The United Nations General Assembly decided to convene The Habitat III Conference in its resolution 66/207. The Habitat III Conference reinvigorates the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda”. Habitat III will be one of the first United Nations global summits after the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is considered to be an opportunity to open discussions on important urban challenges and questions, such as how to plan and manage cities, towns and villages for sustainable development. The discussion of these questions will shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.


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uclg et al – nov 2016 – public space policy