June 16 – 17, 2021

On June 16, Michael Cohen, co-director of the Latin American Observatory, participated in the panel “Cities in the new agenda urban: commitments and follow-up.” The conference was part of the 2021 Fulbright Lectures City and information: Information in a world of knowledge cities. Panelists included professor Shlomo Angel from New York University and Karen Chapple, a professor at the University of Toronto. The panelists discussed the issues with Diego Silva Ardila, Professor and Researcher at the Urban Management and Development Program at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, about how contemporary cities increasingly depend on newer, efficient, and sophisticated information technologies for their operation.

Likewise, the discussion addressed how new technologies are adopted in an accelerated way to measure multiple variables in cities, and new systems are designed to serve better decision-making. However, the knowledge available in various dimensions of the urban phenomenon goes unnoticed given the inability to capture, store, analyze and disseminate information to better understand what is happening in and with cities.

Fulbright Lectures aims to exchange knowledge between people from the academic field, experts in urban metrics, and organizations with experience developing initiatives to measure urban-scale variables in Colombia and other parts of the world. In this way, the lectures try to outline possible actions for the improvement of enterprises and research.

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