The International Art and Architecture Research Association were invited to attend the 22nd session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT.
Every two years, UN-HABITAT’s work and relationships with its partners are examined in detail by a Governing Council composed of 58 member countries of the United Nations. It is a high-level forum of governments at the ministerial level that sets UN-HABITAT’s policy and approves the agency’s work programme and budget for the next two years.
The 22nd session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT was held from March 30 - April 3, 2009. The Governing Council took place at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The IAARA exhibition, optimally located near the main conference halls, constantly attracted large numbers of audiences.
World Olympiad for Urban Design (WOUD)
Based on the protocol which was signed on April 20, 2004, WOUD is due to be held by the International Art & Architecture Research Association (IAARA) under the supreme management of UN-HABITAT.
The objective of this event is to enhance the urban space quality of all the cities in World. It will be organized as a sustainable program every 4 years in one of the member countries of UN-HABITAT.
The 1st World Olympiad for Urban Design calls the cities of the World to compete for the promotion of urban space quality with the slogan of “Creativity for Urban Sustainability”.
A multi-dimensional international event on architecture, settlement & urban identity of the Persian Gulf Region, Human Habitation will be organized in London on October 5, 2009 with the partnership of the University of Westminster and UN-Habitat for the occasion of World Habitat Day.
Civilization in the Persian Gulf region has been documented as one of the oldest civilizations in the world; therefore the concept of settlement and urban identity has a unique meaning in this region.
Taking into consideration the geopolitical situation, the variety of culture and the climatic range of this region, research on these two concepts –settlement and urban identity – based on indigenous approaches can prove to be valuable and productive in attaining sustainable development.
Urban Space Journal
A specialized bilingual international journal, published by IAARA, that focuses on urban space.
The Urban Space Journal is part of a larger mission that intends to inspect different dimensions of cities with the purpose of increasing the quality of life among people.
Training of Regional Urban Managers (TRUM)
IAARA is dedicated to solving the problems of rapid urbanization and aims to accomplish this goal through the training of regional urban managers by engaging enthusiastic professionals.
Research and training form the main core of activities under TRUM.
IAARA trains regional urban managers with the partnership of numerous influential national and international organizations such as universities, research institutes, professional firms, mayors, and city managers as well as individual scholars and practitioners. Under the TRUM program IAARA has organized numerous workshops, conferences and seminars in dozens of cities around the world.