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The role of design and planning professionals for solving the global housing problem

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Report from a Workshop at the Conference Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century organised by the International Network for Engineers and Scientists (INES), Stockholm, Sweden, 14-18 June 2000. Dick Urban Vestbro (editor)

Report from a Workshop at the Conference Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century organised by the International Network for Engineers and Scientists (INES), Stockholm, Sweden, 14-18 June 2000. Dick Urban Vestbro (editor)

Report from a workshop at the conference 'Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century', Stockholm, Sweden, 14-18 June 2000.

Foreword

This report is the result of a workshop at the conference Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century, held at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, 14-18 June 2000. The Conference was organised by the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), a non-profit organisation with the status as a Non-Government Organisation affiliated to the United Nations. INES is concerned with the impact of science and technology on society and focuses especially on disarmament, international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development.

The Conference was arranged in co-operation with The Royal Institute of Technology, The Swedish Council for Planning and Co-ordination of Research, The Royal Academy of Sciences and other organisations. Following a decision in May 1999 ARC•PEACE became one of the co-organisers.

The major part of the INES Conference consisted of about 20 workshops around themes determined beforehand. One of them was initiated by ARC•PEACE. The theme for this workshop was entitled “Global housing problems and the role of professio- nals”. To suit the ARC•PEACE members the idea was to focus on issues related to design and planning, and still make it general enough to make it interesting for engineers and other professionals. The workshop was one of the most well-attended at the conference.

The purpose of the ARC•PEACE workshop was to call the attention to the lack of adequate shelter and housing policies in many parts of the world, and to discuss the role of planners, architects and engineers in face of the problem of squatters, urban sprawl, segregation and environmental degradation. Speakers were invited to address the following questions: 1) What is wrong with the present professional roles and what should be done to change them?, and 2) What is wrong with present education of professionals and what should be done to change the situation? The undersigned acted as coordinator of the workshop.

For paper presentations architects and planners were invited from the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba, Kenya, Peru, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania and the USA. Their presence was made possible thanks to fundraising by Japanese, US and Swedish ARC•PEACE members. A special gratitude is expressed here to Akio Hayashi, Jim Morgan and Swedish ARC•PEACE for their contributions to travel costs for people from poor organisations.

The papers in this report all touch the role of professionals in relation to the global housing problem. This theme is very close to the heart of ARC•PEACE. Previous conferences of our organisation have covered the same subject, for instance the ones held in Prague 1989 and in Lima 1997, as well as our contributions to the NGO fora at the UN conferences in Copenhagen 1995 and in Istanbul in 1996.

One objective of publishing this report is to make a constructive input into the preparations for Habitat II + 5, the follow-up conference five years after the UN Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul 1996. I hope that the report will stimulate wide discussions about our professional roles and responsibilities, and that it will promote change in the direction expressed in the ARC•PEACE Mission Statement app- ended to the report.

Dick Urban Vestbro
Co-chair of ARC•PEACE 

Additional Info

  • Location: Stockholm
  • Author: Dick Urban Vestbro
  • Number of Pages: 59
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