THIS OCTOBER, IN QUITO, the most important group of thinkers in urbanism, sustainability, poverty activism and local politics will be coming together in a conference called Habitat III. That you have probably not heard of it is a big problem. It is a vitally important event.
In the previous months the organisers have been putting together agendas and briefing documents that they hope to ratify during the proceedings. What has become clear is that there have been a conjuncture of policies concerning ‘the right to the city’. In the draft New Urban Agenda from 28 July 2016, there is a clear statement — in the opening sentence of the section ‘Our Shared Vision’: