Dear N-aerus Members and Friends,

after a successfull Habitat 3 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador, Oct 17 - 20, 2016, we are sharing within this newsletter an overview of N-aerus and partner networking and information events.

In addition you are going to find in this newsletter information on

- the SDSN SDG Academy webseries featuring Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) on Monday, Nov 07, 2016

- the Cocoon Live Projects Network Awards Competition 2017, deadline Jan 06, 2017

N-aerus and Partners at Habitat 3 in Quito

N-aerus in cooperation with the Cities Alliance featured its ongoing work and outputs of three Policy Working Groups centered on the challenges of governing urbanisation at the following occasions during the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development in Quito, Ecuador, Oct 17-20, 2016.

An overview of events, discussion rounds and presentations leading up to as well as at the Habitat 3 conference itself can be found here. A background on the N-aerus  Cities Alliance Partnership is available here. Further detailed reviews on the following events are also available on the N-aerus website:

-       Habitat 3 N-aerus Networking Event in cooperation with REDEUS and AURI; Tues, 18th Oct, 2-4 pm. The respective presentation can be found here.

-       N-aerus Presentation at the Cities Alliance booth; Wed, 19th Oct, 12am-1pm

In this context, three collective partnership outputs based upon the work of three N-aerus Policy Working Groups have been shared in Quito and will be available on the N-aerus website soon:

-       2 page Hand-out, including an introduction on the N-aerus - Cities Alliance partnership and a compiled version of the executive summaries of the 3 policy papers

-       compiled version of the 3 policy papers, including a common introduction, executive summary, and all 3 papers

-       10 minute video, focusing on the key messages and recommendation from all 3 Working Groups.

We are going to keep you updated on the partnership outputs and the follow up to the Habitat 3 conference regularly on the N-aerus website (www.n-aerus.net). In case of questions or interest in collaboration, pls don't hesitate to contact us.


Nov 07 - SDG Academy

Live webinar with urban sustainability expert, Aromar Revi (IIHS)

Tune in Monday, November 7 at 12:30pm CEST for a live webinar with Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), India’s prospective independent national University for Research & Innovation addressing its challenges of urbanization.

Aromar will continue the conversation on urban sustainability from Habitat III and speak about his upcoming online course, Sustainable Cities from the SDG Academy. Join as he talks about his passion for cities, how he came to work in the field and how aspiring practitioners can get involved. Questions will be answered during the live, one-hour webinar session. Submit yours beforehand at sdgacademy@unsdsn.org.

See Details here

Meet our Leader:  Aromar Revi
Monday, November 7th
12:30pm - 1:30pm CEST
To join the webinar click here: http://bit.ly/MolNov16
Password: Leaders2030
Facebook event page: link here


Announcing the 2017 SEED + dbXchange +

Live Projects Network Awards Competition

For excellence in public interest design

Call for Entries Now Open
Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, are pleased to announce the 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards and co-hosted Structures for Inclusion conference.

For the first time, these three international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. Recognizing design projects with exceptional social, economic, environmental and pedagogic impact, this year the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards will represent the greater scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all  communities globally. While each network has a unique focus, sharing the awards acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design.

A total of six projects will be selected for awards through a competitive juried process. Two winners will be selected by each of the three host networks that represent their public interest design principles and selection criteria. Applications are made directly to each network – see selection criteria, application questionnaire and overall information on the call here.

Winning projects receive a $2,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon from April 7-8, 2017. Built on the framework of the annual Structures for Inclusion Conference, this joint conference will focus on sharing built works, research, and discussions which can inform the future collaborations and efforts by these networks, and others, to promote access to design as a basic human right.

More info on the SFI Conference: http://designcorps.org/sfi/
The deadline for each application on all three network platforms is 6th January, 2017, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. The award winners will be announced on the networks’ websites on 26th January, 2017.


Yours, N-aerus Coordination Team

Cecilia Cabrera, Alexandra Linden and Enrico Michelutti


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