Geoff has been in Istanbul for the Marmara Urban Forum (MARUF) in early October 2019! He has given 2 presentations during the sessions called “The legacy of HABITAT conferences: From HABITAT I-III” and “Housing quality and affordability in different geographies”. Please click on the records below to listen to his speeches.
Geoff is glad to share his articles in the UK LEGEND’s Land Policy Bulletin from 2016!
Funny what one finds when checking through old files. Geoff came across an interview about his career and interests as part of an exhibition being organised in 2015 by a German organisation. The recording is not very good, but there is a transcript.
Geoff recently received a copy of a paper he wrote in 1989 for a conference on ‘Cities and People: Can we plan the future?’ organised by the Development Planning Unit at University College London!
Since the conference was held exactly thirty years ago, we are now living in that future. However, to what extent can we consider that planning has succeeded in its social objectives?
Please see the article here, we are looking forward to hearing your comments!
We are happy to share the transcript of a BBC television interview Geoff gave on the day in February 2008 that the UN announced that the world was more than 50 percent urban!*
Enjoy listening while thinking how rapid the world is urbanizing!
*According to the World Bank, the rate has reached to 55 percent in 2018.
GPA has been commissioned by UN-Habitat to prepare a review of Land Based Finance (LBF) and its role in providing affordable housing through land planning systems.
Geoff invited Daniela Muňoz Levy to collaborate on the project and a draft report was submitted to UN-Habitat prior to a presentation Geoff and Daniela were invited to make at a Brown Bag lunch meeting for staff at UN-Habitat in Nairobi in May, 2019. The final output of the project will be a report reviewing, analyzing and proposing a range of LBF instruments, including land value sharing, that can help improve access to adequate housing in countries at all levels of economic development and within different political and institutional contexts. The strengths and limitations of each instrument will be identified to help policy makers determine which option is appropriate for local application. It is hoped that the report will help put Housing at the Centre of urban development and land management.
The project is due to be completed by the end of August, 2019.
Geoff is happy to announce the appointment of a new GPA Associate! Daniela Munoz-Levy is collaborating with Geoff on a major study for UN-Habitat on land based finance for affordable housing. As her Bio (click here for details) shows, Daniela has wide ranging academic and professional experience on urban development, housing and transport policy and practice.
Geoff attended the Bartlett Development Planning Unit meeting to celebrate five years of the DPU’s 60th Anniversary PhD Scholarship at University College London on 16 May. He was happy to meet current students on the Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) MSc course which Geoff established in 1993. Karen Waneska (right) is currently helping Geoff with some research.