On Thursday, August 29th, The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals’ Network online group is going to be holding an online discussion on the topic of “Redesigning Cities: Could Urban Planning Be A Catalyst For Development?” You can read the article announcing the discussion here.
According to the article, 3.5 billion people live in cities worldwide, some 1 billion of them in slums with little access to clean water, adequate shelter, or sanitation. The article notes that the number of city dwellers is expected to increase by 2 billion in the next 20 years. Cities must be able to handle this growth in an equitable, sustainable and financially feasible way while still planning for the future. So where do they begin? Raze old structures to the ground and start anew, or build on what they have? Create new plans or adapt old ones? What are the goals and tools of development on this scale?
The discussion will be led by a panel of experts who will both answer questions and promote interaction among the participants. This will only be a written chat in the comments of the Guardian website article; there will be no live feed or podcast. However, if you are unable to participate in the live interaction due to time constraints, you may email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @GdnGlobalDevPro using the hashtag #globaldevlive.
This looks like it will be an interesting discussion. We will keep an eye on it and report back next week with anything we learn.
Let us know if you email or tweet a question, or if you participate in the discussion.
- Redesigning cities: could urban planning be a catalyst for development? (theguardian.com)