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Why Cities? Informality as a Way of Life: Challenges to Sustainable Urban Development

By on March 28, 2019

April 24, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Perry World House
3803 Locust Walk
World Forum

Today, cities of the Global South are experiencing annual growth rates sometimes exceeding three or four percent. In the next three decades, they are expected to absorb an additional 2.2 billion people. The accelerating urbanization of these places is following a pattern not unlike what sociologist. Louis Wirth observed in Chicago in the first two decades of the 20th century, except for one key difference: today’s expanding metropolises are coinciding with the proliferation of informality in all aspects of life.

This roundtable will look to align current research and initiatives being undertaken to guide the course of the coming decade and beyond. The results will be presented at the UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2019.

For more information and to register, visit https://informality-2019.eventbrite.com

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