January 08 2013

Megaciudades Buenos Aires 2012: Clear Ideas for a Renewed Interest in Urban Planning

The main slogan for this past August 29, 2012 event was “Towards the Buenos Aires of 2030;” and for now Megaciudades is the most important conference regarding Urban Planning and Sustainability taking place in the city on an annual basis.

Logo for Megaciudades 2012

In its third year, the event was organized by the German-Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and oriented towards the intelligent debate of this widely spoken but not always applied concept of “Sustainable Development.”

Megaciudades 2012 was a whole day of open forums and expositions, and succeeded in being an open space of debate, with the purpose of establishing a platform of information exchange between the city-involved professionals which attended this years’ edition.

Open Forum

There were four subjects analyzed:

  • Urban Planning and Creative Cities held discussions by Ralf Amann from GMP Architekten and Jaime Kuck from Manaus. These discussions exposed the transformations behind the 2016 Olympic preparations and demonstrated something in which Brazilians really are experts: Reinventing their cities;
  • Climate Change and Urban Management: The ventures of the Public Administration towards the reduction of gas emissions taken in different Argentine districts, and how they are working towards significant change district-by-district;
  • Mobility and Energy were debated under the concept of Smart Grids; improvement of sustainable transportation and innovative solutions for energy supplies, especially in the case of Chilean cities;
  • Management of Waste was the fourth and final point of discussion. The organization of a new scheme of separation of residues and recyclables (as presented in a last post for the case of Buenos Aires) was analyzed in a panel discussion with representatives of the government, the academia, and everyone involved in this newly applied process.

Puerto Madero Neighgorhood at Dusk

It is estimated that in 2030, 60% of Humanity will live in Megacities located mainly in the developing world;  but surprisingly in many countries there is still skepticism on the public sphere about the efficacy of these type of events, that still are financed privately with almost no governmental intervention.

Wouldn’t it then be necessary to ask our governments to promote and invest in these types of events on a grand scale? Or should we leave the debate in the hands of the private sector? Which of the two sectors is akin to achieve actual success?

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Luis Lozano-Paredes

Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then moved to Argentina in 2006. There, he finished the Common Basic Cycle of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing studies in Landscape Design at the same Institution. Inspired by the Urban Transformation of Bogotá in the past decades, his interests evolved from Landscape Architecture to his current passion; Urban Planning, Policy Making, and Sustainable Development. He plans to continue his studies in Urban Planning and Sustainability in Canada, Chile, or the U.S.; but for the moment he currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center of Metropolitan Transport Studies of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Member of the Observatory of Urban Sustainability at Belgrano University. Luis’ main interests lay within the study of Smart Cities, Urban Sustainable Development, and Social Architecture in Latin America.

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  1. CityCamp Buenos Aires: Gov 2.0 Goes Argentinean | The GRID | Global Site Plans Says:

    [...] collaboration. This is in contrast to previous experiences like Megaciudades, as exposed in my previous post, which lacks a very important ingredient: The inclusion of the regular citizen, the John Doe or [...]

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