Cities for Life: Lessons from Medellín
Co- facilitators:
Mayor Anibal Gaviria, former Mayor of Medellin & Governor of Antioquia
Professor Jason Corburn, Director IURD & Ctr. for Global Healthy Cities

Location: 316 Wurster Hall

IURD Spring 2017 Seminar

In the last 20 years, the city of Medellín has lived a great transformation. Previously considered one of the most violent cities in the world due to leading global homicide rates, today Medellín is recognized for its vast accomplishments, named the most innovative city by the Wall Street Journal and Urban Land Institute in 2013 and received the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2016. Importantly, the city has reduced its homicide rate by 95%, strengthening one of the central pillars of a City for Life.

This seminar will focus on the context and history of Medellín’s transformation, as well as explore the ways in which Medellín can offer examples for enhancing urban equity and healthy city planning. The seminar will examine the concept of a City for Life, exploring the processes and impacts of this framework and allowing participants to engage in a specific topics of their interest.

Seminar topics will need include:
Violence reduction & public space
Transportation and inclusion
Public engagement & governance
Design & the ethics of aesthetics
Municipal finance & public-private partnerships
Early childhood opportunities & health
Ecosystem management & regional planning

Guest practitioners will add to the discussion of Medellín in the context of global urbanization and transformative planning practices. Aníbal Gaviria, mayor of Medellín from 2012-2015 and governor of Antioquia, Colombia from 2004-2007, will share his perspectives in conversation with Professor Jason Corburn and engage with seminar participants to expand upon the concept of a City for Life.

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