The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements

The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, known as the Habitat I conference when the agency was created at the first major United Nations conference on human settlements in Vancouver, Canada, 31 May – 11 June 1976.

HABITAT: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements,

Aware that the Conference was convened following recommendation of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and subsequent resolutions of the General Assembly, particularly resolution 3128 (XXVIII) by which the nations of the world expressed their concern over the extremely serious condition of human settlements, particularly that which prevails in developing countries,

Recognizing that international co-operation, based on the principles of the United Nations Charter. has to be developed and strengthened in order to provide solutions for world problems and to create an international community based on equity, justice and solidarity.

Recalling the decisions of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, as well as the recommendations of the World Population Conference, the United Nations World Food Conference, the Second General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Conference of the International Women’s Year; the Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the sixth special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties or States that establish the basis of the New International Economic Order,

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Lahore Declaration of Architects 2006

We the Architects,

of this region in general, and Pakistan in particular,

gathered in Architects’ Convention 2006 in the city of Lahore,

on the invitation of the Institute of Architects Pakistan – Lahore Chapter,

Having deliberated for last three days the grave and imminent emerging issues that confront us in the Country and in our region,

And realizing that, we cannot remain isolated in our concerns, which require immediate solutions, some of them beyond Architecture;

And further realizing that, in order to preserve, protect, and enhance the lifestyle of our people;

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Smart Growth

A Libertarian Smart Growth Agenda

Can’t we all just get along? Law professor Michael Lewyn argues

that despite their heated debates, both smart growth advocates and libertarians can agree that important elements of American zoning law lead to sprawling, car-dominated cities and suburbs, while limiting development choices and property rights.

Read the entire article and the discussion that follows here