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 […]

UKBEAG

Geoff is proud to announce that he has been appointed as Adviser to Janet Askew, President of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG)!

Geoff’s lecturing at Darmstadt Technical University 2018

Geoff was delighted to be invited back to Darmstadt Technical University again this year for four days of lectures and a game as part of the Urbano Mundus programme. The 23 students came from a wide range of countries and reported that they all had great fun. Geoff wishes them all  the best on the course and in their careers.