Visit to Boston for Unconventional Wisdom Conference

Our director, Juan Carlos Muñoz, visited Boston at the beginning of May to participate in the «Unconventional Wisdom: Learning in International Development Practice» conference, organized by MIT. The conference is organized around intensive face-to-face dialogues and discussion – between policy makers, urban planners, academics and students – focused on case studies such as urban regeneration in Medellin; post-disaster coordination in Haiti; transportation reform in Chile; and poverty alleviation technologies in the Philippines. Speakers included Joan Clos, under Secretary General, United Nations Executive Directr, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); Aníbal Gaviria Correa , Mayor of Medellin, Colombia; and Paul Altidor, Haiti’s Ambassador to the US. They were joined by leaders from governmental and non-governmental agencies, global development institutions and academia.

Juan Carlos presented the case of the transportation reform in Santiago de Chile, Transantiago:

During the same week, a meeting was organized between members of the CoE participating in the MISTI project «Designing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridors». They are working on the workshop that is being carried out between graduate students from MIT and PUC. The participants of this meeting were:

  • City of Cambridge: Susan Clippinger and Jeff Rosenblum.
  • City of Somerville: Sarah Spicer and Brad Rawson.
  • MassDOT: Scott Hamwey.
  • MBTA: Erik Scheier.
  • MIT: Chris Zegras, Mikel Murga, John Atanucci, Clara Suh, Anson Stewart, David Block-Schachter
  • PUC: Juan Carlos Muñoz, Rocío Hidalgo, Rosanna Forray.

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