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The New Urban Agenda – Consequences for Urban Development

(original title: Die New Urban Agenda – Konsequenzen für die Stadtentwicklung)



Cover: IzR 3/2017

Four days, more than 30,000 participants, 167 states, numerous lectures, workshops and exhibitions: Habitat III, the World Settlement Summit that was carried out in autumn 2016 by the United Nations, was a large event – the result is the New Urban Agenda. But how will it continue? This issue of the specialist journal "Informationen zur Raumentwicklung" (IzR) answers the question.

Scientists, practitioners, planners and collaborators from cities and ministries consider the agenda in their articles, which is rated as a global schedule for cities in the coming 20 years. It requires a lot: compact settlements and appropriate open spaces, an efficient treatment of resources or better developed means of public transport.

The authors show how states and cities can implement the goals formulated in the agenda in concrete terms and make them measurable. In case studies they present different approaches and stages of development. In the focus are German cities such as Stuttgart or Bonn as well as states such as Brazil, India, Iran, China, the Netherlands and the USA. Infographics on global urban development and photographs from the World Settlement Summit in Quito complete the issue.

How important the discussed subjects are globally is also reflected in the fact that many international authors have participated in the issue. They consider complex questions: Which impulses does the New Urban Agenda give? How can cities cooperate better internationally? Can the different requirements of the cities be associated with global objective values? What will urban mobility look like in future? And what leads to better living conditions in the cities?

The articles are in German or English.

Dr. André Müller (,
Dr. Karl Peter Schön,
Daniel Regnery, Friederike Vogel