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Published on Jul 29, 2014
The Urban Planning and Design focus area of UN-Habitat aims to support cities, regional and national authorities in adopting improved policies, plans and designs for more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change. This lecture provides an introduction on why this is relevant and how it can be achieved. The lecture first briefly describes UN-Habitat's twin mandate of adequate shelter for all and sustainable urban development, and then goes on to explain how urban densities have significantly declined over the years in all parts of the world, exacerbating urban challenges like sprawl, segregation and congestion. From this Raf Tuts reviews various planning approaches for rapidly growing urban areas and goes on to explain how national urban policies, city-region planning and planned city extensions can help creating more compact, integrated and connected cities.