Forget about Coronavirus, inequality is the real threat

Coronavirus is revealing deep inequalities within our societies, economies and health systems. Those who are millionaire are fleeing on private jets to their isolated mansions. The middle class professionals are protecting themselves through self-isolating and working from home, searching for movies to watch or books to read. Meanwhile, thousands of precarious workers have nowhere to hide; if an office gets infected, a multitude of workers … Continue reading Forget about Coronavirus, inequality is the real threat

Sticky post

And the Oscar goes to…Urban Inequality

Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, won this year’s Best Picture in the Oscar Academy Awards, making history as the first non-English movie to win in this category. While watching it, I couldn’t help but thinking that it was really a movie about urban inequalities and social injustice (the type of issues that I like to share in this blog). That’s why I decided to unpack the social critique and references to urban inequality inside the film and share them with you. Continue reading And the Oscar goes to…Urban Inequality

Is regeneration the key to creating safer cities?

‘They wanted to end El Cartucho, but they opened the doors of hell’       Between 1995 and 2005 the local government of Bogota, Colombia, decided to prioritize a group of policies and actions aiming at reducing criminality and violence. One of the most remarkable actions was the regeneration project of ‘El Cartucho’, a zone of extreme social destitution where thousands of homeless gathered in a … Continue reading Is regeneration the key to creating safer cities?

#MeToo movement for city Mayors? A message for every girl and woman who dreams of becoming a political leader

When you were a kid and you were asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” did you ever answered: “I want to be the Mayor of my city, the President of my country or the Prime Minister?” If you are a woman, probably not. After one week of learning, building a vision of the urban future, connecting and having intimate talks … Continue reading #MeToo movement for city Mayors? A message for every girl and woman who dreams of becoming a political leader

The Future of Mobility… how to drive innovation and create more inclusive cities?

While it’s absolutely exciting to think about the impact that technological innovations can have in our future, we must guarantee that this impact is connected to larger society’s goals. in other words, the city of the future is not one where everything is automated, is one where people have a good quality of life, can breathe clean air, access opportunities and walk or cycle safely, all of this enabled by smart systems. Continue reading The Future of Mobility… how to drive innovation and create more inclusive cities?