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Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program, IDB

Eduardo Pelaez | Kim Geronimo

Eduardo Pelaez (MDes 2019) and Kim Geronimo (MUP 2020) traveled to Mexico City through the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies January 2018 “Winternship” program. They collaborated with the InterAmerican Development Bank in Mexico City, and worked on the Bank’s current Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program. This Initiative collaborates with emerging cities in Latin America to create comprehensive plans for equitable and sustainable growth. As a team, Pelaez and Geronimo analyzed and compared the action plans developed for six different cities in Mexico to discern common problems across cities and to evaluate the nature of urban interventions proposed by the Initiative. They also identified innovative programs and urban development strategies that can be applied in midsized cities in Mexico to improve tourism (using culture and art programs to eradicate violence), citizen security (in areas lacking public spaces and social cohesion), educational outcomes (in contexts of high poverty and informal employment) and gender equity (specifically related to violence against women, teenage pregnancy, and labor market participation). Furthermore, they identified digital urban platforms to contrast quantitative information with the Urban Dashboard. To view the final report produced from their work, click on the link below.

Emerging & Sustainable Cities Initiative – Mexico, Final Report – Pelaez & Geronimo