Archinect - News 2014-04-24T02:03:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98205597/11-reasons-the-un-should-make-cities-the-focus-of-its-forthcoming-sustainable-development-goals 11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:55:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65379ae8956a57d00d111e2abf85ea4d.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe. [...] Unfortunately, a number of important countries, the U.S. and Canada among them, remain worryingly undecided about joining this widespread call for a city-specific SDG from countries as diverse as Germany, Colombia, and Ghana.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy MedellĂ­n Miracle or Marketing Ploy? Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T14:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0375cc1f5ad4f19f5117100ee0b337e6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mainstream sources such as CNN and The New York Times have sung the city&rsquo;s praises as a stunning success story. However, now that the conference is over, there are signs that there&rsquo;s trouble in Medell&iacute;n&rsquo;s urban planning paradise.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64678511/medellin-s-outdoor-escalator-part-of-plan-to-remake-city Medellin's Outdoor Escalator Part of Plan to Remake City Alexander Walter 2013-01-02T13:07:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eb244673bb4126fa280c6191c61a510.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Colombian city of Medell&iacute;n was once the murder capital of the world and ground zero for Pablo Escobar&rsquo;s cocaine cartel. But Medell&iacute;n has lately emerged as a hotspot for urban planning and innovative mass transit. The projects are part of a long-term plan to fight poverty and remake the fortunes of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Another hopeful Medell&iacute;n design initiative previously featured on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/55830183/student-works-insitu-medellin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: INSITU Medellin</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/48899741/fighting-crime-and-poverty-with-design-and-inclusion Fighting crime and poverty with design and inclusion Nam Henderson 2012-05-18T13:18:00-04:00 >2012-05-23T11:29:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0st59uir39bwb8l.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Around the world, followers of architecture with a capital A have focused so much of their attention on formal experiments, as if aesthetics and social activism, twin Modernist concerns, were mutually exclusive. But Medell&iacute;n is proof that they&rsquo;re not, and shouldn&rsquo;t be. Architecture, here and elsewhere, acts as part of a larger social and economic ecology, or else it elects to be a luxury, meaningless except to itself</p></em><br /><br /><p> Michael Kimmelman visits&nbsp;Medell&iacute;n, Colombia and explores how architects and urban planners have used the power of public architecture and public space to remake the fortunes of a city. However, he suggests that it isn't just design but also more mundane changes such as&nbsp;participatory budgeting and civic initiatives that linked education and community development to new infrastructure and glamorous architecture.</p>