2016 The Port and the City – On board diary – José M. P. Sanchez
“The book is the result of a research trip focused in the relation between cities and ports. The two parallel realities have given birth to endless conflicts and difficult relations. Ports are the raison d’être of many cities, but nowadays they have become inhospitable places for the human being. In the 21st century ports are the backbone of the globalized world. Through them 90% of the goods we consume in the European Union pass through. They are key players for the commerce and economic engines for the regions that host them. But how does the relation between cities and ports in the 21st Century really works? How is the coexistence between the urban issues and the port logics? What image do the inhabitants of the port-cities have from their own ports? What can be done to improve the relation?”

2016 World Cities Report – Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures – UN Habitat
“The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The Report unequivocally demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects. It conveys a clear message that the pattern of urbanization needs to change in order to better respond to the challenges of our time, to address issues such as inequality, climate change, informality, insecurity, and the unsustainable forms of urban expansion.”

2015 Planned City Extensions: Analysis of Historical Examples – UN Habitat
This urban planning analysis draws lessons from 10 existing cities, to learn from to build better. “The cities presented are apparently very different: they are in developed or developing countries; they were been built in the 17th or 20th centuries; they are neighbourhoods or complete cities; they house the rich and the poor. However, they also have common aspects that serve to define and explain an approach that can guide future urbanization so as to generate cities that are sustainable, socially inclusive, and economically viable.”

2015 Global Public Space Toolkit: From Global Principles to Local Policies and Practice – UN Habitat
“This toolkit will be a practical reference for local governments to frame and implement principles, policy recommendations and development initiatives on public space and for central governments to aid their efforts with material support and enabling legislation.” It gives a good practical framework which can not only be used by governments, but also private developers/architects.

2015 International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning – UN Habitat
“The Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning serve both as a source of inspiration and a compass for decision makers and urban professionals when reviewing urban and territorial planning systems. The Guidelines provide national governments, local authorities, civil society organizations and planning professionals with a global reference framework that promotes more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change.”


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2015 Korea’s Green Growth Experience: Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned – GGGI
“As various countries explore the merits of green growth in their policies and programs, the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) transition toward green growth serves as an exemplary model. Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) report examines why and how the ROK has pursued green growth as a national priority and as a development paradigm, sharing major milestones achieved in various areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, green technology, resource efficiency, and energy security.”


2014 Urban Planning Manual for Somaliland – UN Habitat
The urban planning manual, is targeted towards planners in Somaliland and explains basic urban planning and details the six crucial steps in the urban planning cycle.


2016 Guidelines for Urban Planning in Myanmar – UN Habitat
“As Myanmar is pushing for a sustainable approach to urbanization, it increasingly needs planning capacity and expertise. The planning and review approach is illustrated by comments and analysis on the plans of Pyay and Kalay both in citywide and city extension scales. Finally, it provides a set of references for sections and blocks that can be implemented in new developments in Myanmar.”


2014 Structural Transformation in Ethiopia: the urban dimension – UN Habitat
“Ethiopia remains one of the least urbanized countries in Africa and almost 80 per cent of the population reside in rural areas where they eke out a living from subsistence agriculture. However, rapid population growth, a sluggish agricultural performance and increased rural-urban migration have been countering this. The pace of urban growth is expected to accelerate in the coming decades and this will largely be in small- and medium-size cities with low resilience to climate change shocks.”


2015 Right to Develop: Planning Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem – UN Habitat
“It provides an overview of the planning of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem. Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem lack a number of planning rights and have little say in official planning consistent with their needs and aspirations. This publication analyzes planning practices utilized by Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, while devising a set of planning guidelines that can help these communities better defend their planning and building rights.”