Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá and one of the world’s most challenging urban thinkers, describes the urgent need for governments to create socially inclusive and well-designed transport systems, public spaces and cities. Addressing mobility, public space, equity, quality of life and social inclusion, Peñalosa will propose that inequality and exclusion are the main causes of the problems that affect cities in developing countries, particularly issues relating to mobility and sustainability. Enrique Peñalosa was mayor of Bogotá, 1998-2001, and now acts as a consultant on urban vision. His advisory work concentrates on sustainability, mobility, equity, public space and quality of life.
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In the Geo Quiz, we’re looking for the Moon City. So where is it? For starters it’s not on the moon. Rather it’s in Cundinamarca, one of the 30 or so states that make up Colombia. Cundinamarca is near the center of Colombia, its capital is the mega city of Bogotá.
So the town we’re looking for is just a several miles north of Bogotá. It’s name derives from the Chibchan language, though it’s not a language you’re likely to hear – because it’s considered extinct. It was once spoken by the South American Indians who lived near Bogotá before the Spanish conquest – but the Chibchan word for “moon” is the name of the town we’re after. These days, some might just call this town “carne.”
Will Hutton discusses the issues raised in his new book Them and Us: politics, greed and inequality – why we need a fair society. Will Hutton is the executive vice-chair of The Work Foundation and senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance.
London has some major disadvantages that would make any transport policy difficult. However, even given the constraints, the current policy mix is so far away from ideal that it could be costing each household about Â£1,000 more than it should if transport were to be organised rationally.Â The lecture will give some suggestions about what could be done.