Posts Tagged ‘Habitat Forum’
Happy Birthday, Habitat!
Today marks Habitat’s 35th birthday. The UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements took place in Vancouver from May 31- June 11, 1976. This anniversary also just happens to coincide with Vancouver’s 125th birthday in April 2011.
The UN department known as UN Habitat, which is responsible for issues relating to human settlements worldwide, was to some extent founded in Vancouver at this conference and its founding document is known to this day as The Vancouver Declaration.
This is a belated short note to say I am participating in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current exhibition WE Vancouver—12 Manifestos for the City, running February 12–May 1, 2011. There are three weeks left to see the show. The occasion for the show is Vancouver’s 125th birthday, which happens to be today, April 6.
Pierre Trudeau (white suit) entering Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, UN-Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, 1976. Courtesy CBC. All rights reserved.
Happy World Habitat Day! I bet you didn’t know that the UN has declared October 1 World Habitat Day. UN-Habitat, now headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, has a mandate to “promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.” Its very first conference, the Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, was held in Vancouver in 1976 (see also an earlier post on architect Arthur Erickson’s contribution to the 1976 conference here.).