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‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 30, 2017, In : Sustainable cities 
By Stephanie Nollen

Published in The Globe and Mail, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city’s very name was a one-word synonym for “murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole.” The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

And today, in that same neighbo...

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New paper: "Converging Urban Agendas: Toward Healthy and Sustainable Communities"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 
Just published in the journal Social Sciences! Find it here.

Abstract

In light of recent developments such as the COP21 Paris climate agreement, the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, and the Habitat III Conference, there is increasing recognition of the role of human settlements as key components of both global challenges and global solutions. “Urban sustainability” under various names has matured over the last three decades not only in planning and related fields, ...
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Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 

Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

New dates include weeklong sessions devoted to local authorities and civil society.

Spring will be in the air when the first draft of the 
New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year urbanization strategy, is shared with the world.

That release, slated for early May, will start a ticking clock until October, when upwards of 40,000 world leaders, mayors, academics, urbanists and activists converge in Quito for the U. N. Confere...


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Rewilding a City: The Vancouver Example

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Sustainable cities 
From sustainablecitiescollective.com.

As a relatively young, modern city nestled between the North Shore mountains and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is not hard to imagine Vancouver’s wild roots.



Even today, black bears still roam people’s backyards on the city’s North Shore, bald eagles nest around the University of British Columbia and whales have been spotted in False Creek on several occasions in the last few years - just last weekend, 100 dolphins and 15 orcas were spotted in H...

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