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UEL housing expert joins UN cities chief at RIBA conference

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A University of East London (UEL) specialist in architecture and city housing will join the United Nations’ chief of cities for a special panel discussion on 4 July. 

Anna Minton (pictured right), Reader in Architecture at UEL and acclaimed author of Ground Control and Big Capital: Who is London For?, will discuss the UN’s new urban agenda with Dr Joan Clos (left), executive director of UN-Habitat.

Ms Minton and Dr Clos will also be joined by Jane Duncan, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and RIBA vice-president Peter Oborn, for a panel discussion on ‘The New Urban Agenda: a guide for the perplexed’.

The event is part of the RIBA International Week, which runs from 3-7 July.

Jane Duncan commented: “Under the umbrella of the New Urban Agenda, the Week will provide explanation and inspiration, showing how the architecture profession can use its skills over the next two decades to make a valuable and long-lasting contribution to our future cities and society.”

A series of events and keynote speeches will examine the UN’s global strategy on goals for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades.

Speakers during the week include renowned architects Sir David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Odile Decq, Ma Yansong, and Amanda Levete, as well as urbanists and sociologists. 

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