The IUC-LAC Open Dialogues return in June with the week on urban transformation, in which the seminar ‘Public space and urban planning’ will take place (June 9), and the seminar ‘Transport and urban mobility’ (June 11). Both spaces will bring together leaders and personalities from the sector in Europe and Latin America.
In the first of these, Public space and urban planning, which will take place on June 9 at 5:00 p.m. (CET), the necessary reconversion of public space due to the social distancing measures promoted by governments on the occasion of the Covid-19 will be discussed.
To talk about how the city, catalyst of social cohesion, project hub and space for recreation par excellence is adapting to the new reality, the webinar will have the presence as speakers of the Director of Urban Regeneration of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cecilia Segal, of the Head of urban planning and management of the historic center of Arequipa (Peru), Julio César Aspilcueta, of the General Director of Public Space, Infrastructure and Works of Madrid, (Spain) José Luís Infanzón, and of the Principal Advisor of the Chief Architect of the Vilnius City (Lithuania), Ruta Matoniene.
Likewise, the Project Coordinator Hans Crab will present the case study on the Urban Agenda of the European Union: Partnership for Security of Public Spaces, Brussels-Regional Capital. Moderating will be the Expert in Sustainable Urban Development, Susana Arellano. Lise Pate, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Instruments Regional Team for the Americas of European Union, will do the session opening.
The second of these, Transport and Urban Mobility, which will take place on June 11 at 5:00 p.m. (CET), will deal with how measures that were introduced in many cities in favor of their sustainability, such as bicycle lanes, pedestrianization of streets, widening of the sidewalks or the extension of green areas seem even more necessary at a time when public spaces must be reconfigured by the Covid-19.
During the seminar, the case of Vitoria-Gasteiz will be presented, a city that prior to the pandemic had already been implementing measures such as the opening of streets for recreation and social cohesion, limitations on automobile traffic and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions . To talk about the Vitoria superblock model, the space will feature the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran Agirre, and the President of the Foundation for Urban and Territorial Ecology, Salvador Rueda.
As speakers, the Secretary of Mobility of Rosario (Argentina), Eva Jokanovich, the ITS Consultant for the EICE Friendly Company, Strategic System of Public Transport, from Armenia (Colombia), Julián Torres Girlado, the Coordinator of the Mobility Forum of Eurocities, will participate. Arianna Americo, and the Head of Information and Technology, 5T-Services and Mobility Innovation, from Turin (Italy), Fabrizio Arneodo. The Expert in Sustainable Urban Development, Susana Arellano, will moderate. Maria Rosa Sabbatelli, Head of the Foreign Policy Instruments Regional Team for the Americas of European Union, will do the session opening.
On the occasion of the cessation by Covid-19 of face-to-face activities, the International Program for Urban Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC) is developing online seminars between the government teams of territories that are part of it. The IUC-LAC Dialogues began on May 13 with a seminar on the revival of the post-Covid-19 tourism industry and will run until next July with the development of 6 more seminars, which will focus on 3 specific topics: transformation urban, economic recovery and climate resilience. The objective of the seminars is to strengthen the relationship between the cities participating in the program and exchange experiences and good practices to face the post-Covid-19 stage.
Service – IUC Dialogues – Sessions in English and Spanish with translation into English, Spanish and Portuguese
Date: June 9
Theme: Public space and urban planning
Time: 10:00 p.m. (CET)
Date: June 11
Theme: Transport and urban mobility
Time: 5:00 p.m. (CET)