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’s is working toward achieving a greater shared understanding of the relationships and leverage between different actors, as well as the amplification and creation of innovative policy and strategies.