II. Urban frameworks

II. Urban frameworks

The importance of urban spatial frames has multiple dimensions. These include urban planning and design instruments that support a sustainable management and use of natural resources and land, which consider adequate levels of compactness and density, polycentricity, and mixed uses, through creating strategies for filling empty spaces or planning for further expansion. These drive economies of scale and agglomeration, strengthen food system planning and increase resource efficiency, urban resilience, and environmental sustainability.
Within urban regulatory frameworks, an adequate municipal financing level and legislation at different levels are essential to enhance urban governance.

Urban economics: What do you need to know to manage cities better?

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How and why does urban regulation affect informality and the fiscal health of a municipality?

How can non-tax instruments finance the costs of urbanization?

Are prices higher in a city with greater infrastructure provision?

Why do land prices not reflect increased urban development?

Is it feasible to provide inclusive housing following market laws?


These and other questions will be addressed in this face-to-face course (40 hours), aimed at professionals in the field of urban planning and management.

The course will take place at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura).

Lecturers include Cynthia Goytia, PhD; Marcela Román, MSc; Martim Smolka, PhD; Diego Aulestia, MA; Anaclaudia Rossbach, Msc, and others.


Application open until September 1, 2023.

All applicants must complete the application form linked on this page, which will be available between August 4 and September 1.

There is a maximum of 30 places available.

The result of the selection process will be announced in the second half of September.


There is no cost for the course.

Participants will be responsible for their own expenses related to travel and accommodation in Santiago, Chile.

At the XXIXth  General Assembly of the Forum of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) held in December 2020, the member states adopted the decision, through the Declaration of Bogotá, to create a Technical Secretariat within the Executive Committee of the Forum, and that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will jointly assume this role.