Growing urban populations in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) cities put an enormous pressure on transport systems, especially in sprawling cities with increasingly far-flung residents. In this context it is essential to facilitate the design of public infrastructure in an efficient and participatory way. Community mapping of urban infrastructure can play a central role. … [Read more...] about DATUM: a resource center for participatory urban transit mapping — The case of Santiago de los Caballeros
Heat waves and floods have frequently hit the headlines in the news in 2018-19, and there is no indication that this will end soon but might get a lot worse. Climate change has increased the strength and frequency of both extreme heat and extreme precipitation worldwide, but still surprisingly little is being done about it considering the social and physical impact caused by … [Read more...] about Are Cities like Boiling Frogs?
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
English | Español “We’re the level of government closest to the majority of the world’s people. While nations talk, but too often drag their heels—cities act.” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg Just like in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), cities in Europe are central for economic growth and innovation, particularly in Germany. The German Federal Government has placed a … [Read more...] about What can Latin America learn from German Cities?
Español | English In a world that is increasingly interconnected, answers to everyday problems not only come from traditional mechanisms, but also come from a growing number of tools and grassroots associations with great transformative potential. Empowered by social media and knowledge-sharing systems, young men and women have become key agents for decision-making in … [Read more...] about Designing Cities for the Youth