In October 2016 a broad range of representatives and stakeholders convened in Quito for the United Nations’ Habitat III conference to create and adopt a New Urban Agenda, signalling their collective commitment to the initiation of no less than an urban paradigm shift. Full of sweeping declarations, the New Urban Agenda promises people-centred efforts that empower ‘all individuals and communities while enabling their full and meaningful participation’ while also ‘promoting equally the shared opportunities and benefits that urbanization can offer and that enable all inhabitants, whether living in formal or informal settlements, to lead decent, dignified and rewarding lives and to achieve their full human potential’ (United Nations, 2017: 7). Crucially, the declaration also acknowledges that current urban development trajectories do not generally point in this direction, hence the perceived need for a paradigm shift.
|Title of host publication||The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces : An International Dialogue|
|Editors||Jens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, Antonella Bruzzese|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Series||Regions and Cities|
Fisker, J. K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L., & Bruzzese, A. (2019). Conceptualising the production of alternative urban spaces. In J. K. Fisker, L. Chiappini, L. Pugalis, & A. Bruzzese (Eds.), The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue (pp. 1-19). Routledge. Regions and Cities, Vol.. 130 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315103952-1