A delegation from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is on hand in Medellin for UN-HABITAT's World Urban Forum 7 through April 11, engaged in a wide range of topics from resilience to value capture.
Some 25,000 registered participants are expected in this city, which has gone from crime capital to one of the most innovative municipalities in all of Latin America, with innovations in parks, public space and transportation infrastructure, including the successful Metrocable aerial tram system.
The World Urban Forum is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), hosted in a different city every two years, to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlement, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies.
Lincoln Institute-related events begin Saturday April 5 at the Plaza Mayor convention center with screenings in the Cinema Room of the short video from the Inkling enhanced ebook version of Made for Walking and the documentary film Making Sense of Place – Phoenix: The Urban Desert. The Lincoln Institute will have a booth at Stand No. 39 in the exhibit hall. Beginning Monday April 7, the schedule of events is as follows:
Monday, April 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentation: Value Capture (Martim Smolka, Gregory Ingram), at Innovative Americas pavilion hosted pavilion hosted by The Next City, the Kresge Foundation, and the Ford Foundation
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Roundtable and Presentation: Value Sharing: An International Perspective, at theUrban Library
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Urban Expansion Initiative -- Reporting on work in Colombia and Ethiopia based on the policy recommendations in Shlomo Angel’s book, Planet of Cities, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2012
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentation: Resilience (Armando Carbonell, Anthony Flint), at The Next City / Kresge Foundation / Ford Foundation Pavilion
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Event: Using Land Value Capture Mechanisms for Financing Urban Development in Latin America (Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank), at the Yellow Pavilion, Room NE 35
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Presentation of New Publication, Instrumentos Notables de Intervención Urbana (Banco del Estado del Ecuador, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy), at theUrban Library
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Atlas of Urban Expansion: 2015 Edition—Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute, in Special Session Urban Data for the New Urban Agenda
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Event: Urban planning and Cities Sprawling concerning Risk Management and Evaluation for Disasters ( Japan International Cooperation Agency–JICA), at the Yellow Pavilion, Room 2
Thursday, April 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Training Event: Urban equity outcomes: Enabling policies and tools to access land and housing (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Housing and Urban Development Studies-IHS, UN-Habitat), at theRed Pavilion, Room 16
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Event: Addressing Urban Environmental Risk in Latin America, at the Yellow Pavilion, Room 8
In addition, at Booth 39 in the exhibition area, the Lincoln Institute will be presenting a series of short videos selected from the Latin American Forum on Noteworthy Instruments for Urban Intervention, held in Quito, Ecuador in May of last year. The videos, on such topics as betterment levies and land readjustment, will be followed by a discussion with experts who will be on hand, on the case studies and policy tools presented in each session. These presentations will be in Spanish, and more details are available here.
The Policy Focus Report Implementing Value Capture in Latin America: Policy Tools for Urban Development by Martim Smolka will be available at the convening in both English and a recently published version in Spanish -- Implentacion de la recuperacion de plusvalias en America Latina: Politicas e instrumentos para el desarrollo urbano.
The Next City has posted a history of the World Urban Forum, as well as an article by Greg Scruggs on the story of the Medellin’s remarkable transformation. Carolina Barco, former Colombian ambassador to the U.S., and member of the board of the Lincoln Institute, is quoted in the article.