We often use the term ‘sustainability’ to capture an intricate convergence of factors which contribute to how we live and to attempt to forecast our future living situations in our global cities. But what does sustainability mean? How do we measure it?
The UN-Habitat, WALLEN + daub, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, and allied programme hosts seek to promote a better understanding of the role of sustainable urbanization and resilient design in the creation of our communities. Our combined purpose is to advocate for responsible and enlightened planning and design with the belief that we can effectively improve the quality of life for all.
There are clear overlaps and shared goals regarding sustainability, resilience, climate and the environment within building construction, urban planning and design industries. Less apparent are the parameters that industry professionals are held to by existing agencies and emerging policies to protect our cities and ultimately our world. Through this discussion, we seek to break down what makes sustainability function. By spotlighting recent work at the professional and policy level, engaging in the social aspect of providing agency and planning for the future, and ultimately by reflecting on what we have learned thus far, we aim to concretize where we are going in the path to sustainability and future resiliency. Our goal is to ignite a conversation that can be sustained in subsequent years and regarded as a reference point as we continue to strive towards the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By participating in this event, attendees will be able to identify the connections between health, city planning, long-term improvements mandated by design and agency limitations as key factors of sustainability and resiliency. Attendees will also be able to understand the various pivotal points that dictate our everyday approaches to sustainability. In addition, attendees will hear how cities approach reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their implications and objectives.
This online event is hosted by UN-Habitat, WALLEN + daub, the Center for Architecture, the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, AIA New York, the Habitat Professional Forum.