What is a city? Have you ever asked yourself that question? We have all been in a city and we know how to distinguish one when we see it. A city is New York. A city is Bogotá. A city is Rio de Janeiro. But these are only examples and not a definition in itself. What makes these places 'cities'? What elements present in them are those that we associate with the concept of a … [Read more...] about The day of what? Cities, a concept with many definitions
Andrés G. Blanco B.
Andrés G. Blanco B.
Andres G Blanco is Lead Specialist in Urban Development and Housing at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Currently, he is coordinating the implementation of the Cities LAB, a laboratory of Urban Innovation at IDB. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida. His work is centered on the economic aspects of planning in areas like housing, land use, urban and land economics, and local economic development. He received his Bachelor degree in Economics in 1999 and his Master of Science in Regional Development Planning in 2005 from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. In 2010, he received his doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Andres has worked as a researcher and consultant in different projects involving urban planning, economic development, and public policy evaluation for organizations like the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the United Nations Development Program, and local and regional governments in Latin America and the United States. He has published his work in renowned journals in the field like Planning Theory, Urban Studies, Transportation Research Board and Housing Policy Debate among others. Andres has published several books about rental housing and land value capture mechanisms. In addition, he is working with different national and local governments in the region in the design and implementation of policies related to urban development and housing.