Dignity by Design
The built environment – the places where we live, work, and interact with others – has a defining influence over our ability to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Our efforts to address the world’s major challenges like inequality, mass migration, and climate change hinge in many ways on what we build, where, how, and for whom.
There are implications for human rights at all stages of the built environment lifecycle. From land use, to design, to construction, and re-development, the private and public sectors have a major influence over the built environment. There is a clear need for strategic collaboration and interventions to ensure that the role of the private sector advances, rather than undermines, human rights.
IHRB is working toward achieving a greater shared understanding of shared human rights risks, responsibilities and leverage between different actors around the built environment lifecycle, from planners and investors to developers, architects, and construction companies. We are working with practitioners, academia, and civil society to highlight innovation and good practice around affordable housing, inclusive public space, climate resilience, and exploring the human rights implications of technology in emerging smart cities.
IHRB's foundational report is a call to action to advance dignity and human rights throughout the built environment lifecycle.
Realising a vision of respect for human rights throughout the built environment lifecycle, from planning and design through construction to use.
01 July 2019
- Briefing: Migrant Worker Accommodation
- Report: The Mega-Sporting Event Lifecycle - Embedding Human Rights from Vision to Legacy
- Briefing: OECD National Contact Points and the Construction Sector
- Report: In Search of Policy Coherence - Aligning OECD Infrastructure Advice with Sustainable Development
06 December 2018 Mansfield College, Oxford OX1 3UA
- Event: Building Human Dignity into the Heart of Future Cities
- Event: All Party Parliamentary Group Session on Workers in the Construction Sector
- News: Beyond Rana Plaza - Reflections Over the Last Five Years
- Event: Institutional Roles and Coordination in Land Access and Acquisition
22 January 2018
- Commentary: New Construction Sector Agreement on Protecting Vulnerable Workers
- Commentary: Q&A on the Stronger Together Construction Initiative
- Podcast: Karamat Ali on the 2012 Pakistan Factory Fire
- Commentary: Protecting Workers Building Sporting Venues – Progress in Qatar
08 June 2016
27 April 2018
24 April 2018