Chicago, March 13, 2012

Mobility Networks in the Americas

Local Politics and Cultural Paradigms

As cities in Latin America take the lead in developing innovative, cost-effective transportation networks, such as Bus Rapid Transit, outcomes have shown how local politics and culture shape each system differently.

Building on previous work in Colombia and New York City, Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, from Columbia University, and Thomas Bassett, from the American Planning Association, discussed recent field research in Santiago, Chile, where the government has recently implemented a new bus system. Like others in the region, this system has been confronted by substantial planning challenges.

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About the Speakers

Andrea Marpillero-ColominaAndrea Marpillero-Colomina is the historic preservation and urban planning media coordinator at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. She was previously the Research Coordinator for the Latin Lab, at Columbia University. She has worked on planning projects in Argentina, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, and New York, focusing primarily on transit and community development issues. She is a contributor to CurbedNY and Architizer. Her work has been published in Cities, Progressive Planning, and URBAN, and she has a forthcoming article in Latin American Perspectives. She holds a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, where she was awarded a prize for her master's thesis: "Planning for Retail: The Role of New York City Department of City Planning in Four Inner-City Neighborhood (1992-2009)."  

Thomas BassettThomas Bassett is a senior program associate in the American Planning Association's Washington, D.C., office, where he works on many projects including the Community Assistance Program and International Outreach. He is part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas team. He has participated in planning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, South Africa, and the United States. His published work appears in The South African Geographical Journal and URBAN, as well as a forthcoming article in Latin American Perspectives. He holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and an AB in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University.