Making Cities Livable

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME:
SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHY, JUST CITIES & SETTLEMENTS

 

The International Making Cities Livable conference is in Rome this year, only a hop, skip and a jump from Gaza.

The conference might as well be on the moon, as far as my colleagues in Gaza are concerned. I wrote about the travel blockade here.

Earlier this year, Eman and Yaser (an architect and an engineer) joined me in cyberspace to write a paper about how to make Gaza livable. We submitted our paper to the conference organizers, and it was accepted.  Al-hamdulillah!

I’m on my way to Rome to deliver our paper.  .  .  .  .  alone.

I feel an awesome sense of responsibility to ‘get this right’ and to give a strong and convincing presentation on Tuesday.  I’ll only have 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for Q & A.  My powerpoint presentation has been vetted and improved with the help of a good review by friends.  Thank you!

My goals for this conference:

  1. Introduce the reality of Gaza to a new audience of professional planners, architects and urbanists who may not know much about it.
  2. Generate discussion about Gaza both during my short presentation, but also with as many people as I can throughout the 5 days of the conference.
  3. Learn from others and share what I learn with my colleagues in Gaza.
  4. Find a way to return to Gaza.  Maybe someone in Rome will help me open the gates to Gaza.

The conference organizer writes:

If we do not change the way we plan and construct our cities, the social inequity we are fomenting is likely to cause a “precipitous collapse” of the global industrial civilization, according to a NASA-funded study, a collapse that cannot be avoided by improved technological efficiency. Even the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, warned that a failure to tackle inequality risked huge social unrest.

The UN, as well as Pope Francis’s wise and visionary encyclical, Laudato Si‘, and the Islamic Climate Change Declaration  urge the world to take action NOW to combat climate change and social inequity.

Our paper mentions both the Pope’s encyclical and the Islamic Climate Change Declaration. If you’d like a copy of our paper, please send me a message with your email.

39288_4868836724672_799385016_n

Ramadan Kareem!

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under Climate Change, Gaza, Uncategorized

5 responses to “Making Cities Livable

  1. You should have done this by now. It is about 6 PM in Rome? How did it go?

    Jerry

    On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 10:05 AM, “لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?” wrote:

    > Lora Lucero posted: “CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME: SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHY, > JUST CITIES & SETTLEMENTS The International Making Cities Livable > conference is in Rome this year, only a hop, skip and a jump from Gaza. The > conference might as well be on the moon, as far as” >

    • The formal part of the conference begins Tuesday morning. I checked in today and will give my presentation tomorrow. I’m feeling good about it. I’ll let you know.

  2. Rita

    I’d love to see your paper. Where have you been living after the Camino? I hope this opportunity work out as you hope.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s