In December, 2016, all 193 member states of the United Nations adopted by consensus the New Urban Agenda, an ambitious new international agreement for innovative urban development for the next 20 years. The point of the programme is to prepare contemporary cities for a dramatically increased number of inhabitants. In these conditions, the sustainability of infrastructure, healthcare, and many other systems is threatened. The programme prepared by the international commission sums up world experience and suggests ways to organize accelerated processes of urbanization.
The document emphasizes the role of local public space systems in attracting international investment, creating local economic development, providing environmental benefits, and fostering social interaction, health, and quality of life. What does this mean in practice? What are the strategies for improving streets and public spaces, and how do they benefit local residents? What other recommendations does the UN Expert Council have for future megacities? Michael Mehaffy, an urbanist and researcher, director of the Sustasis Foundation, and president of the consulting project Structura Naturalis Inc.
will answer these questions at the lecture.
Michael Mehaffy, an internationally active urban designer, author, and researcher, consulted on the Moscow My Street project, and was also a consultant on the New Urban Agenda. His Sustasis Foundation has worked with cities that have survived disaster; for example, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The foundation assisted in providing ways to rebuild houses with the help of open codes, peer-to-peer networks, and supporting initiatives. Michael W. Mehaffy, Ph.D. is the director of the Future of Places Research Network and a senior researcher at the Centre for the Future of Places at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also a noted author, educator, speaker, strategic consultant, planner, and designer, working on leading projects in the USA, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He has held teaching and/or research appointments in architecture, urban planning, and philosophy at seven universities in six countries, and he is on the editorial boards of two international journals of urban design. Michael is an author or contributing author of over 20 books, and he is a frequent contributor to professional journals and other publications.
The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.