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Welcome to the WUC – Universities discussion forum

The below discussion forum is a joint initiative between World Urban Campaign and UNI. It engages academia worldwide in discussing the themes of the Urban Thinkers Campuses, and feeds into the physical events on the same topics.

Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures. The discussion below is primarily inviting academia to join the debate, but all urban actors are welcome.

The inaugural Urban Thinkers Campus took place in October 2014 in Caserta/Italy, was organized on the theme ‘The City We Need’, and brought together urban thinkers and established UN-Habitat partner organizations and constituencies to reflect on current urban challenges and trends and to propose a new paradigm. The new paradigm will be a contribution to the New Urban Agenda, which will be delivered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.

By holding future Urban Thinkers Campuses, and associated online dialogue sessions such as this, this space can be opened to new regions, partners, and themes in order to facilitate comprehensive and diverse feedback from as many groups and perspectives as possible before Habitat III. The outcomes of the future Urban Thinkers Campuses will feed into the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda, as decided during the first meeting of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP).

The below discussion topic is updated on a regular basis, once the topic changes the main points are  summarized and posted under ‘summaries of previous topics’ below.

Current topic (closes 27/11/2015):

Urban Thinkers Campus Recife Inclusive Cities: Youth and open source technologies in urban space

Moderators: (name, title, affiliation)

Introduction: (Introductory paragraph to get the discussion going)
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Summaries of previous topics


Urban Thinkers Campus Recife Inclusive Cities: Youth and open source technologies in urban space – 24/11/2015 – 27/11/2015

Moderators: (Name, title, association)

Participants: (Listing of participating universities, linked to their UNI profile in case they are already a partner)
National Institute of Urban Affairs, India (NIUA)
RMIT University
School of Architecture and Planning, Delhi
Shoin University
University of Auckland
University of Papua New Guinea
University of the Philippines
University of Sydney


(One paragraph describing the general discussion, referring to the below full summary doc)
Summary of main points (download pdf)

Upcoming discussion topics
About the World Urban Campaign
(Place to inform more about WUC)