Two Looks Back at Habitat III

An Unforgettable Experience ...

Joining APA’s delegation to the UN Habitat III (H3) conference was an unforgettable experience. Quito is a very large and modern city — at 9,000 feet elevation — with office towers, new highways, and a downtown entertainment district.

There was the professional camaraderie of our APA delegates — APA President Carol Rhea, FAICP; Chief Executive Officer Jim Drinan; and Director of International Programs Jeff Soule, FAICP — as well as representatives of our partners in the Global Planners Network.

Every session was an international session — packed rooms with waiting lines outside covering a wide range of topics elucidating, informing, and elaborating the H3 New Urban Agenda. Most importantly, the H3 NUA was approved and pushed toward implementation planning, in which APA will play a key role.

About the Author

Tim Van Epp, AICP

Tim Van Epp is chair of APA's International Division.

... that Strengthened APA's Partnerships and Alliances

Members of the Global Planners Network, including the Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Institute of Australia, Grand Circle Alliance (Paris), International Society of City and Regional Planners, and the Canadian Institute of Planners joined APA in a strong planning presence at Habitat III last month in Quito, Ecuador. The partnership also included APA allies: the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the International Federation of Housing and Planning, and the International Council of Monuments and Sites.

At Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador: (from left)  Shawn Kelly, ASLA; Tim Van Epp, AICP; Todd Chapman, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador; and Nicolas Buchoud, Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development.

In addition to its lively booth space at the exhibition hall, GPN members and allies sponsored and participated in more than 30 sessions during the event. Nearly 46,000 people attended the once-in-20-years event.

About the Author

Jeff Soule, FAICP

Jeff Soule is APA's director of outreach and international programs.

Top image: Quito, Ecuador, was the site of Habitat III in October 2016. Thinkstock photo.

November 15, 2016

By Timothy Van Epp, FAICP, Jeffrey Soule, FAICP