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.
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.
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.
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?