UNESCO Chair in Habitat and socially sustainable development (344), established in 1998 at the ITESO - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Mexico).


Habitat ; Urbanism.


To promote an integrated system of research, higher education, information and documentation activities, in order to be in position to:

  • To contribute to the implementation of the plan of action Habitat II (City Summit).
  • To conciliate economic growth, social and sustainable management of habitat, and preservation of natural and social resources by trying out new approaches and methods of planning, urban policies formulation, management and by developing projects of human settlements.
  • To experiment alternative methods of training for city professionals in order to help them to formulate interdisciplinary, pluri-sectorial and democratic, i.e. "socially viable " solutions, starting from methods of action based on negotiation and dialogue between stakeholders.

Host Institution


  • IREC (Argentina).
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Website
  • Colegio de Arquitectos de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Website
  • Habitat Cuba (Cuba)
  • Universidad Politécnica de la Habana (Cuba). Website
  • Habitat México (Mexico). Website
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Website

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences, IESALC, UNESCO Office in Mexico.


Activity report 2009 (short version)


Arq. Carlos Petersen Farah, Universidad ITESO, Departamento del Hábitat y Desarrollo Urbano
UNESCO Chairholder
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Country - Mexico