Category: UN Habitat

At the World Urban Forum

12 April, 2010 (11:11) | AHI news, Global news, Primer posts, UN Habitat, World Urban Forum |

By:David A. Smith   “And the first question is for you, Karl Marx …”   On March 23-25, 2010, I participated in the fifth World Urban Forum, this one held in an unseasonably steamy Rio de Janeiro.  The three days I spent there were incredibly intense – one cannot rub elbows and shoulders with 18,000 […]

See you at World Urban Forum 5?

22 March, 2010 (10:17) | Cities, Events, Global news, Housing, Theory, UN Habitat, World Urban Forum |

By: David A. Smith   On Tuesday through Thursday of this week, I’ll be down in Rio de Janeiro(*) as a speaker at the fifth biannual World Urban Forum:   (*) No, I won’t be on the beaches – I’ll come back paler than when I went.     If you’re there, please come see […]

AHI’s World Habitat Day Event: Essential Actors in Affordable Housing Delivery

28 September, 2009 (10:24) | Ecosystem, Markets, MEEs, Research, Theory, UN Habitat, World Habitat Day |

By: David A. Smith   As part of the multi-day World Habitat Day activities, AHI, along with the National Housing Conference and the Housing Partnership Network, will be sponsoring a presentation and panel discussion on a topic that we think has great relevance, both in the Global South and back home in America.   Being […]

“Housing the Future,” a BBC World Debate being shown August 1 and 2, 2009

31 July, 2009 (09:13) | AHI activities, Slums, Symposia, UN Habitat, Urbanization, Wilton Park | 1 comment

  Update, August 4, 2009: The BBC Web site now has the program.  ·         Click here: ·         Then click, “Also click here to watch in Broadband” – it should pop up and just run As a point of information, here are five times I speak: 5:00, 12:30, 16:30, 37:00, and 40:30.                                                                    […]

Kibera: Africa’s largest slum

7 July, 2005 (17:49) | Economics, Kibera, Nairobi, Slums, UN Habitat, Urbanism |

Kibera is on no map, its 550,000+ people — one out of every five Nairobians — cartographically invisible.  One of the many roads in (all unpaved, most only a few walkers’ wide) rises at a twenty degree angle in yellow dirt.  Every day thousands of Kiberans walk several miles to and from their work, formal […]