Agenda 31/10: Improving the consensus on government efforts to transform cities in emerging economies

Milano Professors Robert Buckley, Michael Cohen, and Margarita Gutman participated last week at a conference in Bellagio, organized by the Rockefeller Foundation and The New School regarding government efforts to transform cities in emerging economies, particularly the so‐called
 BRICs
–
Brazil, 
Russia, 
India, 
China, 
and
 South
 Africa
 – 
as 
well 
as 
Indonesia,
 Angola,
 and
 Ethiopia. Keynote speakers from the respective countries presented current programs; including success stories and challenges.

Among the issues that were discussed are:

  1. The
 Inherent
 Risks
 in
 Large‐Scale
 Programs
  2. The
 Role
 of
 Urban 
Planning 
and
 Land 
Use
 Regulations
  3. Subsidy Form and Targeting
  4. Understanding and Planning for Urban Expansion

Moreover outcomes and challenges of such programs, as well as risk mitigation methods, knowledge management and communication, and new low-income / slum improvement initiatives were discussed as well.

We invited the three professors to join us for an informal discussion over lunch (provided by us) about the outcomes of the conference.

Join us for this exciting discussion from 1:30pm – 3pm in 66 west 12th street, Room 518!

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