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The Habitat Exchange is a venue for the dissemination and
discussion of best practices, action plans and other tools relevant
to the pursuit of ecologically sound and socially equitable
urbanization. The Habitat Exchange aims to be a portal for learning
and collaboration and we welcome ideas for future partnerships.

Background

In 1975, in anticipation of the 1976 UN-HABITAT conference, the University of British Columbia
founded its Centre for Human Settlements (CHS). At the conclusion of the conference, CHS
assumed responsibility for all relevant conference documentation. CHS has since contributed to
the evolving practice of human settlements through its publications, research programs and
seminars. Now, CHS continues its historic function as a human settlement information centre
through the creation of the Habitat Exchange.

Project Description

The Habitat Exchange is an online venue for governments, NGOs, academics and civil society
across the globe to share and discuss best practices, appropriate technologies, action plans
and other tools relevant to the pursuit of ecologically sound and socially equitable urban
development. It is a venue for the peer review of urban development practices and for the
free exchange of information and ideas.

Project Goals

The Habitat Exchange aims to be an engaging and flexible portal for learning and collaboration,
as well as a resource for the dissemination of ecologically sound and socially equitable urban
development resources. We intend this site to provide a platform for many diverse online
research, teaching and information exchange initiatives and we welcome ideas for partnerships
and collaboration.

Partners and Personnel

Dr. H. Peter Oberlander, Emeritus Professor at the University of British Columbia, in partnership
with UN-HABITAT is responsible for developing the Habitat Exchange. The Habitat Exchange
continues to benefit from the assistance of partners from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
the UBC Library and the University of British Columbia.

Chair:

Stephen Owen (UBC Vice President External, Legal and Community Relations)

Co-Directors:

Dr. Penny Gurstein (Director of the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning)
Dr. Peter Ward (Director of the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Center)

Project Manager:

Elana Cossever

Web Developers:

Luke Sales, Aaron Barsky, Minghui Yu

Designer:

Jakub Kania

Editors:

Kelly McElroy, EJ Shu

Archivist:

Kelly McElroy

Researchers:

Kendal Philippson, EJ Shu, Latosia Campbell, Stephanie Lepsoe, Elsa Wyllie

The Habitat Exchange is made possible through a partnership
between UN-HABITAT and the University of British Columbia.

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