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Gateway Portals to the City: Infrastructure for Sustainable Urbanization
May 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
For tickets please arrive at the UN Visitor’s Entrance on 46th Street and 1st Avenue
Sign-ins and ticket pick-ups start at 9:00AM, please bring a valid ID
Deadline for registration is May 12th
Every great city has great portals. Often spectacular in scale and scope, these portals are the entry points to a city that create the first impression. They convey the importance and the magnificence of the city; they define the collective ambitions of the populous; they are important cultural artifacts; they define the character of a city and they tend to last many generations. In contradistinction, purely utilitarian portals are the hallmark of a utilitarian society.
The event organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross‐sectoral nature of sustainable infrastructure and portals to the city and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. All modes of transport portals will be addressed.The meeting will also look at points of entry to the city from the perspective of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito in 2016.
Special guests: Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under‐Secretary‐General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat), Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA, President of the American Institute of Architects and Secretary General of the International Union of Architects (UIA), David Piscuskas, FAIA, President of AIA New York Chapter, Dr. Santiago Calatrava, Founder of Santiago Calatrava Architects