Cowley Speaks at United Nations-HABITAT Workshop

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Adminstration in the College of Engineering spoke at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on Wednesday, February 15 in "Building Cities through Social Media" a workshop that is part of UN-HABITAT's Social Media Week (SMW). SMW events took place from February 13-17 in 13 cities around the world. The theme for this year's SMW events was "Empowering Change through Collaboration."  It is designed as a call to action, allowing individuals and organizations around the world to explore how social media empowers citizens, increases mobility, enables mass collaboration, develops hyper-localism, and encourages global empathy.

"Building Cities Through Social Media" carries the sub-title "Planned City - Plan the cities of tomorrow for sustainable decision-making processes." It is an interactive workshop that connects professionals, academia, the public sector, and other organizations that work on urban issues with social media developers. The event illustrates urban planning communication processes, and explores how integrating social media, digital tools and applications into current practices might improve planning decision-making.

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UN-HABITAT's New York Office ( maintains close working links with United Nations headquarters. It represents UN-HABITAT at inter-agency committees as well as inter-governmental meetings, particularly the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council. The office also promotes sustainable human settlements and urban development in North America.