New GPA Associate!

Geoff is happy to announce the appointment of a new GPA Associate! Daniela Munoz-Levy is collaborating with Geoff on a major study for UN-Habitat on land based finance for affordable housing. As her Bio (click here for details) shows, Daniela has wide ranging academic and professional experience on urban development, housing and transport policy and […]

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit meeting in London

Geoff attended the Bartlett Development Planning Unit meeting to celebrate five years of the DPU’s 60th Anniversary PhD Scholarship at University College London on 16 May. He was happy to meet current students on the Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) MSc course which Geoff established in 1993. Karen Waneska (right) is currently helping […]

Land based finance for affordable housing

GPA has been commissioned by UN-Habitat to prepare a report on international examples of land based finance that can improve access to affordable housing. The project includes countries at all levels of social and economic development and builds on ongoing research by UN-Habitat, the World Bank and academic publications. Geoff invited Daniela Munoz-Levy to undertake […]

Geoffrey Payne is in Tirana!

Geoff was invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to contribute to a meeting in Tirana, Albania on formulating indicators for implementing the SDGs related to urban land and housing, in May 2019. The visit demonstrated the massive improvements to the public realm in Tirana since Geoff was there in 2011 contributing […]

Book re-launch

Geoff is pleased to announce that Routledge publishers have decided to relaunch a book he co-edited (with David Cadman) called ‘The Living City: Towards a sustainable future’. Given that the book was originally published in 1990, Geoff is flattered that ideas and examples published nearly thirty years ago are still considered relevant for the future. […]

Land-based finance for affordable housing

In early 2019, Geoff was commissioned by UN-Habitat to prepare a report on land-based finance for affordable housing. The study will will review, analyse and propose ways to link housing finance and land value capture mechanisms in countries at all levels of economic development and with diverse legal, institutional and political structures. Geoff has invited […]

Housing and planning in Ankara, Turkey

Cemre Sahinkaya, a GPA Associate, has successfully completed a literature review and short fieldwork studies of housing and planning in the Turkish capital, Ankara thanks to financial support from GIZ. The aim of the study has been to update the literature following Geoff’s major three volume study undertaken in the 1970’s. It is hoped that […]

Paynes are back in Istanbul!

After almost 40 years, Geoffrey & Rita Payne visited Istanbul in order to work on a project and see the city with the guidance of GPA associate Cemre Sahinkaya. During the visit, Paynes got to chance to cross the Bosphorus (actually two continents!) and see the beautiful coastal side of the city in Karakoy. Spending some […]

Geoffrey Payne is back in Ankara!

Geoffrey was delighted to be in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, as a guest lecturer at the Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences in late October 2018. He gave a lecture entitled “Meeting the Global Urban Land and Housing Challenge” in Prof. Dr. Rusen Keles’ “City Economy and Management” class. The participants consisted of […]

‘Engaging with urban informality and standards’

Geoff was invited by the UK Built Environment Advisory Group and UN-Habitat to make a presentation at the Transition Training and Dialogue on Global Future Cities, for senior officials from nineteen cities in ten countries. The event was held during 10-14 September at the Royal Institute of British Architects and Geoff’s presentation was on ‘Engaging with urban […]