Events

Cities on Speed - Bogota Change
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 1:30pm
Cities on Speed - Bogota Change

Last week, we discussed the Millenium Development Goals and many cities in the world were lagging behind in infrastructure provision, the majority of the population were stuck in poverty. Bogotá in Columbia was a city like this: social inequality, pollution, out-of-control population growth, and poor public transportation. Kidnappings were common and the city had the world’s highest homicide rates. But Bogotá found the solution and became one of the most innovative city for its transportation (BRT) and urban planning in the first decade of the 21 century. The documentary Cities on Speed: Bogotà Change from filmmaker Andreas Mol Dalsgaard provides a fine introduction into the political mechanisms behind Bogotà’s rapid transition. It tells an intriguing tale of the two mayors responsible for the urban innovations of the former ‘worst city in the world’: the pragmatist Peñalosa and the philosopher Mockus. 

Although today's Bogota still has many challenges, the part of urban development history captured in this documentary tells us a fascinating story about how important the political will can help in making changes in cities. This is one of my favorite films, and please come if you haven't seen it.  

Location: URBN 220