12 May 2014

MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP EMIRITUS DESMOND TUTU

MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP EMIRITUS DESMOND TUTU

"I am thrilled to be the Patron of UIA2014 Durban.

It is not just the largest gathering of architects to have ever taken place in Southern Africa. It is also, significantly, the 25th UIA Congress – and it takes place in South Africa’s 20th Year of Democracy.

The gathering comes at a particularly poignant time in South Africa’s development. We are very conscious of the fact that the neighbourhoods in which we live, and the relative qualities of life we enjoy, remain totally skewed by our divided history.

This is not solely a South African challenge; a massive gap in living standards is a global affliction.

We need cities, services, housing and human settlements that are more habitable, more integrated, more functional and more beautiful.

So that all God’s people – rich and poor, black, green, pink and white – feel valued and can live dignified lives.

God bless you!"

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