The ‘Making Cities Together’ project was selected to exhibit during the second preparatory committee for Habitat III and the 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from April 14- 23, 2015. Member States, Stakeholders and organisations working towards sustainable urban development were invited to exhibit projects, innovations and solutions in the Exhibition for the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
The Placemaking design project and platform for public spaces fits squarely into the ambitions of the New Urban Agenda towards Habitat III. According to the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, “Public spaces are the skeleton for a spiritual, cultural city and for humane frameworks as water, drainage and sewages.” Inclusive public spaces are at the centre of the new urban agenda. Through the ‘Making Cities Together’ project, we showcase Placemakers’ approach to developing attractive and resilient public places by creating a sense of ownership in communities through a process of a co-creation.
In partnership with various stakeholders including local communities, the academia, local governments, the business community, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and local and international experts from diverse professional backgrounds including architects, sociologists and urban designers to develop local and city scale placemaking strategies (and implement one of the strategies) to make more inclusive, vibrant, safe and sustainable public spaces in Nairobi.
With the assistance of June Syowia from Mustards Seeds Organization – one of the initiators of Placemaking initiatives, Placemakers was able to tell the story also from the grassroots movements perspective. The Making Cities Together Project is jointly organised by the International New Town Institute and the International Federation of Housing and Planning.
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