Calendar of Events

Wed 05.18.2011

BETTER CITY/BETTER LIFE: South - North Initiative

AIA CES: 6.5 AIA/HSW/SD

When: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Where:United Nations Headquarters, New York. Enter at UN Visitors Center, First Avenue at East 46th Street.

The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization with UN Habitat, the AIA New York Chapter, and South-South News will host its fourth annual conference on sustainable urbanization at the United Nations. The conference will present an exchange of innovations from the developing South - as identified at the 2010 World Urban Forum in Rio. For most of the second half of the 20th century the developing world relied heavily on the expertise, advice and resources of the developed world. However, this approach has become increasingly questionable as shifts in the global economy and the application of leapfrog technologies have allowed countries from the developing South to take the lead in addressing problems created by rapid worldwide urbanization. The conference will explore the extent to which those innovations may have applicability in the developed world – hence the term South-North Initiative.

The conference precedes the close of the exhibition Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities, which opened at the Center for Architecture in New York on February 10 and runs through May 21.

Admission: Free

Registration is full.
To be placed on the waiting list: Download the attached form and e-mail to ltrimble@aiany.org by 5:00pm, Friday, May 13th.

Program

Wednesday, 18 May

9:00 am Registration

10:00 am PLENARY SESSION

Welcome
Cecilia Martinez, Director, UN Habitat New York Office, Welcome and Opening Statement
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo
, AIA LEED AP, President, AIA New York Chapter
Aliye Celik, PhD, Co-Chair Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization

Opening Statements:
H.E. Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe, President of ECOSOC & Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations
H.E. J. Deiss, President, United Nations General Assembly (to be confirmed)

Keynote:
H.E. Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Housing & Urban Development

11.15 am DIALOGUE SESSION 1
The South-North Initiative: an Unconventional Framework for the exchange of innovative best practices from the developing world that may be applicable to the U.S. and areas of developed world which have been bypassed by technological innovation and economic growth.

Chair:
H.E. Sirodjidin Aslov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to the United Nations

Moderator:
Prof. Urs Gauchat, Dean, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Panelists:
Robert Buckley, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Marc A. Weiss, PhD, Chairman and CEO, Global Urban Development

Jonathan Clyne, Associate Director, The Halcrow Group

Discussion

1.00 pm Lunch Break / Speaker’s Lunch hosted by South-South News

2.45 pm. DIALOGUE SESSION 2
The role of Information Communication Technology as agents for change

Chair:
Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, President, South-South News

Moderator:
James McCullar, FAIA, Co-Chair Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization & Past President, AIA New York Chapter

Panelists:
Matthew Chandy, Senior Urban Advisor, CHF International
Using technology as an agent of change in developing identity, employment, and governance in poor communities in Indian and African cities

Theresa Williamson, Executive Director, Catalytic Communities
Combining social media and community journalism as agents for change for favela communities in pre-2016 Rio de Janeiro.

John A. Kent, Philos Health
Community Radio + Facebook as an agent for change in for sustainable healthcare and development in Jagna, Philippines

Alven Lam, Director, International Research, US Department of Housing & Urban Development
GIS technology as an agent of change in mapping and providing services in informal settlements along the US-Mexico border

Discussion

4.00 pm DIALOGUE SESSION 3
Leapfrog innovations as agents for change

Chair:
H.E. Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

Moderator: Prof Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Chancellor, ACSA College of Distinguished Professors

Panelists:
Kanu Agrawal, Architect, New Delhi, India; Curator, Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities Exhibition, The Center for Architecture
Innovations, adaptations, and initiatives from informal urbanism in India

Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation), University of Michigan
The new mobility grid for seamless multi-modal transportation

Teddy Cruz, Architect, Professor of Public Culture, Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego
Creative acts of citizenship: marginal neighborhoods as sites of production

Discussion

5.30 pm CONCLUSIONS
Applicability of best practices to the Developed World: Conclusions, discussion and speculation with conference participants.

Introduction:
Yamina Djacta, Deputy Director UN-Habitat New York Office

Chair:
H.E. Vince Henderson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations

Moderator:
Cecilia Martinez, Director, UN Habitat New York Office

Dialogue

ORGANIZERS
Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization with South-South News, UN HABITAT, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their support of Consortium programs:

PARTNERS
City College of New York - CUNY Spitzer School of Architecture
NJIT New Jersey's Science & Technology University College of Architecture & Design
Regional Plan Association

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