February 03, 2011

Our Cities Ourselves- openings in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City

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In the next two decades, cities all over the world will add hundreds of millions of new residents – by 2030, 60 percent of the global population – or five billion people – will live in urban areas, mostly in the developing world. Our Cities Ourselves, an urban visioning exhibition created by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), sets out to showcase how, by implementing sustainable transportation solutions, cities can manage growing urban populations as well as address environmental concerns. Underpinning the exhibition on show are “Eight Principles for Transportation in Urban Life”, developed by ITDP and our colleagues, to help national and city leaders, private and public organizations realize the critical role of transportation in sustainable urban development.

After a successful run in New York in the summer of 2010, it is on view in Mexico City from February 2 – March 13, 2011 at the Museo Franz Mayer. The beautiful eighteenth-century building is located right in the Centro Historico, across the street from the Parque Alameda and from the first public bike station in the downtown.

The exhibition will also host a series of public seminars, including lectures from Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects), Michael Sorkin (Terraform), Jose Castillo (arquitectura911), Tim Tompkins (Times Square Alliance), as well as Mexico City’s Secretary of Urban Development and Housing and Carlos Slim’s COMURSA.

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Our Cities Ourselves also opened in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, February 2, 2011.

After a successful run in New York in the summer of 2010, Our Cities Ourselves is on view in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 2 – March 13, 2011 at the Centro Cultural Correios.  This converted former post office, located in the center of the city’s downtown, is sandwiched between two other cultural institutions and gets around half a million visitors every year. With Rio +20 in 2012, the World Cup and the Olympics all set to take place in Rio over the next few years, there is a growing interest from developers, environmentalists, business leaders and politicians about the future of Rio de Janeiro and also urban development in the entirety of Brazil – making it the perfect time for Our Cities Ourselves.

The exhibition will also host a series of public seminars, including lectures from Architect and 2007 Pritzker prizewinner Richard Rogers, Helia Nacif (Ex-Secretary of Urbanism, Rio Municipality), David Sim (Gehl Architects) Tim Tompkins (Times Square Alliance), Luiz Ceotto (Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer) as well as the Association of Rio State bus operators.

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