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World Habitat Day 2009 Affiliated Events
Thursday, October 1

Date: October 1, 2009
Event: Whose American Dream? Moving Toward a Balanced Housing Policy
Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity
Point of Contact: Chris Vincent
Venue: National Press Club, Washington, DC
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Open to the Public: Yes, Registration Required
Description: Leading experts will explore the appropriate role of housing policy in meeting the housing needs of low income families and revitalizing neighborhoods in the context of America’s new economic reality. Habitat for Humanity’s 2010 Shelter Report on the success and benefits of low-income homeownership will also be released.


Date: September 15, 2009 - November 15, 2009
Event: The Places We Live
Sponsor: The exhibition at the National Building Museum is made possible by Cities Alliance, USAID, and The World Bank.
Point of Contact: Bryna Lipper
Venue: National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Open to the Public: Yes
Description: In 2008, for the first time in human history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. One-third of these urban dwellers - more than one billion people - resided in slums. That number is expected to rise substantially: the United Nations forecasts that the number of slum dwellers will double to two billion people within the next 25 years. Poverty is urbanizing at breakneck speed, and there are few overarching plans to address how cities can accommodate this rapid influx of humans.

The Places We Live compels viewers to consider what it means to live in a city in the 21st century. In a multimedia installation, visitors are admitted into the homes of 20 different families in four slums around the world:

  • Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dharavi in Mumbai, India
  • The 'barrios' of Caracas, Venezuela
  • The 'kampongs' of Jakarta, Indonesia

The Places We Live was produced by Magnum Photos and the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, and is supported by Canon. All photographs © Jonas Bendiksen, Magnum Photos.

Date: October 1, 2009 - October 4, 2009
Event: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE: Reinvesting in America: The New Metropolitan Planning Agenda
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE SCHOOLS OF PLANNING
Local Host Committee: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Point of Contact: Annette Kim
Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, Virginia
Open to the Public: Yes
Description: American Colleges and Schools of Planning Conference - WHD attendees are welcome to join 800 planning academics at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning's 50th anniversary meeting in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City during October 1-4. Registration information and paper abstracts are available on the ACSP website.

Three sessions sponsored by HUD, of special interest to WHD participants include:

  1. Roundtable: International Development Planning under the Obama Administration. Thursday, October 1, 1:00-2:30 PM, Arlington Room.
  2. Roundtable: Post-Disaster Recovery Planning, Friday, October 2, 1:00-2:00 PM
  3. Paper Panel: Institutional Innovations in Property Rights towards Equity, Sunday, October 4, 8:30-10:00 AM
    • Featured speaker: Raphael Bostic, HUD Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Research, Saturday, October 3 at noon.
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