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World Habitat Day 2009 Affiliated Events
Thursday, October 8

Date: October 8, 2009
Event: The Right to the City-Bridging the Urban Divide
Sponsor: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, & CHF International
Point of Contact: ;;
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Open to the Public: Open
Description: In collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, CHF International and the Comparative Urban Studies Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center will launch a speaker series on The Road to Rio to bring together representatives from governments, multi-lateral institutions, NGOs and other civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector to focus on the pressing urban issues that face the world today. The speaker series is intended to pave the way for productive policy and good practice discussions and create greater public awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by global urbanization. The series will align with the themes of discussion which will feature at the World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro and each will bring together the perspectives of grassroots practice with that of over-arching policy. The intention is to emphasize "things that work" and to help WUF5 to focus on the solutions as well as on the problems.

Date: October 8, 2009
Event: Sustainable Suburbs: Developer's Perspectives on Transportation and Compact Growth
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute
Point of Contact: Rachel MacCleery
Venue: Urban Land Institute, 1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Suite 500W, Washington, DC
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Open to the Public: Yes. Registration Required.
Description: What is preventing us from developing more sustainable suburbs? We've heard the vision and the rhetoric. Now let's hear from the community builders.

Many people talk about walkability, pedestrian-friendly suburbs and compact growth, and communities around the country are investing in suburban light rail projects. Retrofitting and densifying existing suburbs—often around transit—and designing more compact edges makes sense. But just how will new-era suburban centers get built, and how should land use and transportation investments be better coordinated? This highly interactive event will explore three topic areas, each jump-started by a panel of experts and followed by ample discussion.

Speakers and panelists include Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology; Marilee Utter, Citiventure Associates; Mark Schneider, Fourth River Development; and more.


Date: Ongoing
Event: Places We Live Exhibit
Sponsor: National Building Museum, Cities Alliance, USAID, The World Bank
Point of Contact: Bryna Lipper; Chii Akporji; Chris Ward; Barbara Lipman
Venue: National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., every day
Open to the Public: Yes
Description: The Places We Live is a multimedia exhibit featuring residents' experiences in slums around the world: Nairobi, Caracas, Mumbai, and Jakarta. See National Building Museum or The Places We Live for more info

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