It’s impossible to capture all we saw in small blog entries, so the Runstad Affiliate Fellows are working to collected all their images and display them on an upcoming online gallery. Stay tuned…
Three members of the Runstad Center team were in San Diego last week for the thirteenth annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society (ARES). Director Stephen O’Connor was a panelist for a session titled “Education Track V: The Good, The Bad, and The Tried and True — New, Old, and Out There Models of Pedagogy for Real Estate.” Chris Bitter presented a paper titled “The Value of Neighborhood Design: Do Home Buyers Prefer Compact Development?” And, Andy Krause, who has been working at the WCRER with Glenn Crellin, presented a paper entitled: “Piece by Piece: A Parcel-Level Statistical Analysis of Medium Density Redevelopment in Seattle”. His session, which he chaired, had papers on urban growth and change from Nigeria, London, India, Detroit and Seattle. Andy also participated in a round-table discussion on computation methods in real estate later in the conference.
We are glad that the Runstad Center was so well represented at the program, and are pleased that Steve, Chris and Andy could take time out of their busy schedules to attend.
Just two weeks after our return from Medellin, the Governor of Antioquia, Colombia, and former Mayor of Medellin, Sergio Fajardo will be in town, speaking at Kane Hall 120 on April 24, at 7:00 pm. Thanks to the UW Jackson School and the UW CBE! Can’t wait to meet this transformational governor/mayor/leader.
Just three days after our return from Bogota and Medellin – ‘Bogota Cambio’ premieres at the NWFilm Forum – several of us showed up and saw this inspiring account of the two incredible Mayors, who in just three three-year terms between them, completely changed the social, physical and economic culture of the city.
We met yesterday with the inspiring Jorge Perez, Planning Director of Medellin, former Dean of the school of Architecture, who spoke passionately about the value of community leaders, planning and transforming people’s realities through bringing different worlds together through mobility, public investments, and relationships.
It’s been an amazing start to the trip in the impressively put together city of Bogota… incredibly high quality construction, especially brick residential projects, lush green avenues that we all experienced on the Sunday ride called the ciclovia, and attention to details everywhere in the public realm from stormwater to public toilets to public parks recreated out of former exclusive polo fields!