The daily practice of urban planning in any city entails innovative approaches that generate a vast amount of experiences and lessons learned worth to be shared. Platforms of global knowledge exchange between urban practitioners are essential to evolve the discourse of sustainable urban development. Public urban planning departments around the world create new solutions day by … [Read more...] about How do you plan in Vienna? 7 urban planning lessons from the Vienna Exchange Program
The Cities Laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is our platform for innovation, design, and experimentation for the sustainable urban development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We lead innovative prototypes that arise from co-design processes between officials of the IDB and local actors (community, academia, government); in which citizen participation is key. From these urban interventions, we evaluate the experiences, analyzing the success of the cases with the objective of sharing knowledge, expanding or replicating the implemented pilots. Learn more by reading our blog and visiting the Cities LAB's web.
Many cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) face the challenge of rapid informal urban growth, which prevents them from providing basic services to their citizens and have a sustainable urban development. Today, drones, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) provide key information for cities to better understand informal growth patterns and improve … [Read more...] about Monitoring informal settlement growth in Manaus, Brazil with drones
How to revitalize a heritage district crossed by an urban highway? In the City of Buenos Aires, San Telmo is distinguished by its heritage, cultural and historical value, but also by being crossed by an urban highway. In the IDB CitiesLab university contest, we are looking for an integral, programmatic and sustainable urban-social project from a participatory, patrimonial and … [Read more...] about IDB CitiesLab: revitalizing the historic neighborhood of San Telmo, Buenos Aires
With more than 80% of its population living in cities, Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions in the world. Never before have so many people lived in urban centers and never before has it been so necessary to improve the way we understand, plan and manage cities as collective human projects. The increased scale and number of cities bring a whole array of new … [Read more...] about IDB Cities Lab: multiplying urban innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean