The January - February 2014 edition of the IRGLUS Newsletter
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Cuba's Reward for the Dutiful - Gated Housing

IRGLUS's Facebook feed is kept up to date on a regular basis with news and opinion pieces relating to the law and urban space.

One of the stories uploaded to the Facebook site include one from the New York Times about how the government in Cuba has built gated condominium estates for families tied to the military. It is being seen as a way of President Raúl Castro "redoubling their efforts to elevate the faithful and maintain their loyalty - now and after the Castros are gone."

What do you think? Feel free to comment on this Facebook thread.

During the past week, City Debates: Of Property in Planning - Historical Transformations and Contemporary Practices took place in Beirut. A number of IRGLUS members were present, including Ann Varley, Omar Razzaz, Nicholas Bromley and Edesio Fernandes. Some photos from the event - courtesy of Edesio Fernandes - can be found here.

In April, the International Conference on Urban, Regional Planning and Transportation will take place in Algiers. Read more here.

In May, the Design for Urban Disaster Conference will take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more here.

CIVITAS Capital is offering a total of EU120 000 co-funding to support sustainable urban mobility measures. CIVITAS stands for City Vitality and Sustainability, and aims at transferring European best practice in urban mobility. 

Proposals shall concern the following areas:

  • ‘Being inspired’: up to 50% co-funding for study tours, workshops or similar activities at the initial take-up phase;
  • ‘Structural dialogue’: up to 50% co-funding for concrete staff exchange between take-up and donor cities;
  • ‘Studies’: up to 50% co-funding for feasibility studies and evaluation (long-term; impact and process), etc.;
  • Systematic transfer’: up to 30% co-funding for feasibility studies leading towards pilot demonstration and implementation.

Applications may be submitted by individual or teamed-up organizations that are not/have not been involved in projects already funded by the CIVITAS Initiative. The deadline for submission of applications is April 4, 2014. For further information, please contact:

Deadline for submission: 04 April 2014

2014: A year of growth for IRGLUS

Welcome to a new year and to our fourth IRGLUS newsletter.  We trust that this year will be a fruitful, happy and productive one for all our members.  It will certainly be an exciting year for IRGLUS, as we gear up for our workshop on Law, Urban Space and Social Justice, which is to take place at the Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in June of this year.

In this issue, we feature a vignette by UN-Habitat’s Gianluca Crispi, detailing the important work that this organisation, which often collaborates with IRGLUS and its members, has been doing in the field of urban law and development.  Other members are reminded that they can feature their own work, advertise relevant events and research projects, or submit short, topical vignettes for publication in future editions of this newsletter.  We are also trying to get a ‘member profile’ section off the ground, so please, don’t be humble, send us a picture and a brief biography stating your professional interests and your research focus areas!

Finally, our discipline has been dealt a blow with the passing of professor Patrick Mcauslan, a pioneer of urban law and long-time, involved member of IRGLUS, on 11 January this year.  At the time of his passing, Patrick worked as professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck College.  His work on urban planning law has influenced many of us.  Read a tribute to Patrick, written by IRGUS member Edesio Fernandes for the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, here.

We wish everyone well over the coming two months and look forward to hearing from you

Thomas Coggin and Marius Pieterse
Global Co-ordinators


About UN-Habitat's Urban Legislation Unit

Gianluca Crispi

UN-Habitat recognises urban law as one of the foundations of effective urban amangement and development. Well formulated law based on sound policy supports effective implementation. It creates a stable and predictable framewokr for both public and private sector action, and can guarantee the inclusion of the interests of vulnerable groups while also providing a catalyst for local and national discourse.

UN-Habitat works with partner countries and local governments to support the improvement of their law making processes as they affect the urban environment. This may involve the reform or development of a particular tool or a broader review of the urban legal framework, as well as sharing information and experiences among countries.

Read more here.

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