Published: 14th Jul 2015

In many ways it is not surprising that the business of creating good places to live has at its heart strong human rights ethics. What people ultimately want to do is create places that are not just pretty and functional but fair. In the run up to United Nations Habitat conference on housing and sustainability (Habitat III), which will set the goals and pace for place making in developed and developing countries, the business of ethics is about the future of how we create inclusive and resilient public places and urban commons. It is about having a system whose sweet spot between economics, society and environment is equality. And, as the UN Habitat III preparation papers suggest, this ‘involves a systematic (re)distribution of the benefits of growth or development with the legal frameworks that ensure a level playing field’. This is especially true at a time when public spaces are becoming … (To read the full article, subscribe below)