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CDI presenting at the bidecennial United Nations' Habitat III in Ecuador



CDI researchers will present to the world at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, held only once every 20 years.

The conference is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

It seeks to bring people and disciplines together to understand habitat, reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation, and implement a New Urban Agenda on Sustainable Development, building on the Habitat II Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.

CDI will host a Side Event in the Urban Library of the conference to engage in a conversation on Ekistics, and ideas with the emerging new economies of India, Asia and China, and the urban challenges experienced in the southern hemisphere including South America,  Africa, and Oceanic island nations. 

"Our conversations with the world will seek to share and exchange ideas on humanitarian design, complexity in urban design, and the systemic relationships that develop between the rural outer, and inner urban centres.   I am personally interested in the importance of the human-centred experience, our relationship with our natural and designed habitat, and the prospect of achieving urban simplicity in the amenity of the settlement," says CDI Director, Associate Professor Kurt Seemann.  "Our team there includes CDI Researcher, Dr Matthew Parnell, and PhD Candidate Mr Andre Van Eymeren who is investigating a novel approach to understanding and fostering community in urban design".

Additionally, Dr. Kurt Seemann has been selected as Editor In Chief of Ekistics: the science and problems of human settlements. The Journal and its society – the World Society for Ekistics – is well known to the UN Habitat having presented and contributed to Habitat II 20 years before. 

The conference will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.

Learn More at our CDI Project Page

Habitat III

Annika Sutter

Annika Sutter is a highly motivated, final year, communications student. Her current role involves coordinating the professional...

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Dr Kurt Seemann

Associate Professor, Director – CDI School Director of ResearchCDI Core Program Director: Humanitarian Habitat and...

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Dr. Matthew Parnell

Dr. Matthew Parnell is a sustainability academic and practitioner with over thirty years professional experience of applying sustainability in the...

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