More than 6.5 million people have died worldwide from COVID-19. Latin America and the Caribbean LAC has been one of the regions most affected by the pandemic, with some of the countries having the highest mortality rates. As mentioned in previous blog posts in this series on Healthy Cities, the region is highly urbanized and has wide health inequities. In this blog, we … [Read more...] about Has the pandemic exacerbated urban inequality in Latin America?
How does the city I live in affect my health?
Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) cities are spaces of contrasts and inequality. We have recently explained how the place of residence within a city can affect the chances of finding a job, or of being more successful in studies. In today's blog, which is part of a series on Healthy Cities, we will try to answer the following question: why are people healthier in some … [Read more...] about How does the city I live in affect my health?
Culture on Every Corner: The Opportunity for Cities in the COVID-era
It is hardly news that COVID-19 is changing our cities: ghost business districts, a collapse in tourism, less traffic, increased online deliveries. Nor is it a surprise that much of the creative sector is struggling with the extended shutdown. Global audiences are staying at home, producers are paralyzed, new launches are risky, and investors are scarce. But amongst all this, … [Read more...] about Culture on Every Corner: The Opportunity for Cities in the COVID-era
Strengthening local communities in cities through innovative models
As Yuval Noah Harari describes in his book “Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind”: human society had evolved for thousands of years in small communities that were characterized by strong relationships between individuals and mutual support systems. We are more likely to be part of a community than to be isolated from one. The experiences learned from the SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...] about Strengthening local communities in cities through innovative models
Cities of the Future: Between Dreams and Nightmares about Ideal Urban Planning
Shortly before the explosion of a global crisis generated by the COVID-19, in the well-known "2020 Consumers Electronics Show" (CES), Akio Toyoda, C.E.O. of the automotive giant Toyota, unveiled his plans to build the "City of the Future" near the mystical Mount Fuji, in an area of approximately 70 hectares, in a factory due for closure. The initiative is called "Woven City" in … [Read more...] about Cities of the Future: Between Dreams and Nightmares about Ideal Urban Planning