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…
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!
Incredible energy down in the city of Citizen Culture… our 2014 Runstad Affiliate Fellows leave tomorrow for Bogotá, awaiting thunderstorms and protests. Stay tuned for their updates from the road. Buen viaje, amigos!