Governor Sergio Fajardo :
The Transformation of Latin American Cities
Thursday, April 24th 2014
University of Washington – Kane Hall
Under the leadership fo Serfio Fajardo, as Mayor of Medellin, Colombia from 2004-2007, the city was transformed from a hub of violence into a model of education reform, successful public infrastructure and successful governance. Fajardo pioneered methods of community/citizen participation, inclusive education and budget transparency for the city and now, as Governor of the state of Antioquia, he works to build on the lessons of that experience at a larger scale. A cornerstone of this strategy was to engage disenfranchised citizens and create a network of modern public libraries and parks where city services are made accessible to those who needed them most.
Coined “social urbanism,” his rethinking of social and community inclusion through public spaces is now being replicated throughout Latin America. Fajardo will discuss his approach to how architecture and goo urbanism can transform cities and become models for ecological, economic and cultural sustainability.
Hosted by the College of Built Environments and the Jackson School of International Studies.
Many thanks to our friends at Atlas Coffee Company for making this fabulous connection for us!