In the 1960s, the Jetsons showed us a futuristic city in which pollution and the use of non-renewable resources did not exist. Twenty years later, when we had already begun to hear about environmental problems, Blade Runner showed us a more pessimistic vision of 2019: a city with countless skyscrapers, over-population, and extremely high pollution levels. Today we already have … [Read more...] about Four challenges facing the buildings of the future
In 1984, Steve Jobs launched the first Mac. The classic film “Revenge of the Nerds” was released the same year. At the time, computers and nerds went hand in hand. During my adolescence, the impression of what seemed to be happening in Silicon Valley was “not cool.” In recent decades, the area that stretches to the south of San Francisco has become the undisputed pole of … [Read more...] about What can Latin America and the Caribbean learn from Silicon Valley
Evidence is mounting that through the right mix of policies and incentives the world can significantly reduce climate risks while boosting growth. Last month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that action on climate change can generate inclusive economic growth over both the short and long term. These policies can increase GDP by up to 2.8% … [Read more...] about How can we boost sustainable infrastructure investments?
There are many stories about the origins of chess. To me, the most colorful is about a king in India who was given a new game consisting of two armies and 64 squares, to overcome the loss of a son in the battlefield. The king was so delighted with this new game that he offered to give the inventor anything he wished for as compensation: “Give me one grain of rice for the first … [Read more...] about Latin America needs more broadband to capitalize on the data explosion
Recently I visited the Villa 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a poor and informal neighborhood located at approximately 500 meters from La Recoleta, one of the most sophisticated areas of the Argentinian capital. Despite this proximity, near 45,000 residents at Villa 31 have lived in isolation, not accepted as true “porteños” by their neighbors due to the social and … [Read more...] about How we incentivize social inclusion through Sustainable Infrastructure? The case of Villa 31