UN Habitat III

UChicago Urban and the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development invite you to:

Learning from the City: The Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III

Where:  The University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall

1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

When:  March 31, 2016, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Free and open to the public; REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  

Keynote address from Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

Download the full agenda and speaker list HERE.



8:30- 9:00 am Breakfast is Available

9:00- 9:30 am Welcome

9:30- 11:00 am Investing In People and Communities For Upward Mobility

11:00-11:15 am Break

11:15 -12:30 pm Securing Housing Options For All

12:30- 12:45 pm Break

12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote

1:30-1:45 pm Break

1:45- 3:00 pm Responding To Shocks And Building Resilience

3:00-3:15 pm Break

3:15-4:30 pm The Role Of Big Data In Shaping Regional Policy

4:30-4:45 pm Concluding Remarks

4:45-5:30 pm Reception


Habitat III is the short name for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The UN convened the Habitat I conference in 1976 in Vancouver, Canada; this sparked an international conversation on urban issues. Twenty years later, at the Habitat II conference in Istanbul, Turkey, world leaders adopted the Habitat Agenda as a global action plan to create adequate shelter for all. The third convening, Habitat III, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016; the goal of Habitat III is to write a New Urban Agenda, a document that will be a roadmap for sustainable urban development for cities across the globe.

"Learning From the City" will be one of five convenings co-hosted by HUD across the United States with civic, governmental, educational, and philanthropic partners. The convening has three goals:

1) To provide an open forum to scholars, practitioners, philanthropy, students, and thought leaders for the sharing of local challenges and lessons learned in the last 20 years since Habitat II;

2) To stimulate dialogue about connections between local and global challenges, and uplift local practices to inform the U.S. policy agenda. 

3) To strengthen connections among urban development practitioners, scholars, and funders across the Midwestern region.

The convening will consist of panel discussions and keynote speakers focused on four themes:  Investing in People and Communities for Upward Mobility, Securing Housing Options for All, Responding to Shocks and Building Resilience, and The Role of Big Data in Shaping Regional Policy.  

The audience and participants at the convening will include scholars from the Midwest region along with policymakers, community development practitioners and advocates, and members of the philanthropic community, students and the next generation of urban development practitioners, as well as interested members of the public. 

Register here; the event will be free and open to the public.

Featured speakers include:

Marisa Novara, Metropolitan Planning Council  

Theaster Gates, Director Arts + Public Life, Office of the Provost and Professor, University of Chicago

Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Economic Development, Cook County 

Susana Vasquez, Vice-President Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development, IFF 

Caroline Goldstein, Acting Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation 

Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, City of Gary, IN 

Robin Snyderman, Principal, BRicK Partners LLC

Nonie Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, All Chicago 

Robert Chaskin, Professor and the Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the School of Social Service Administration, Director, Urban Network 

Anne Houghtaling, Board President, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance 

Bob Dean, Deputy Executive Director for Planning, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 

Ari Simon, Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director, Detroit Future City (DNC)

Mayor John Dickert, Racine, WI  

Michael Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. The University of Illinois at Chicago 

Mark Templeton, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, University of Chicago Law School 

Ianna Kachoris, Senior Program Officer, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Brenna Berman, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology, Commissioner and CIO

Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, Director, CommunityRx and Founder, NowPow

Geoff Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University 

Shawn Bucholtz, Director, Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Event Partners:

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Habitat for Humanity Chicago

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Metropolitan Planning Council

National Fair Housing Alliance


Event Supporters:

The Kresge Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation

The Pierce Family Foundation

The Tom Owens Family Foundation

UChicago Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy