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    UN’s Declaration on Sustainable Housing and Cities Is a Mess

    The United Nations composed a new set of design principles and the full title is a mouthful: “San Marino Declaration on principles for sustainable and inclusive urban design and architecture in support of sustainable, safe, healthy, socially inclusive, climate-neutral and circular homes, urban infrastructure and cities.” Developed by the Bureau of the Committee on Urban Development, and Housing and Land Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the whole document is really a mouthful.

    And it isn’t just for architects. “I’ve consciously encouraged the United Nations, who’ve grasped the idea that we should not just be inviting architects and engineers to sign up to this declaration,” architect Norman Foster, who seems to take some credit for this document, told Dezeen. “It should extend to city managers, politicians, developers, builders, everyone,…

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