January 7, 2014

Innovation in Sustainable Urban Housing

Four Case Studies in Latin America

For the past three years, APA has been working in Latin America to promote urban planning. The most recent grant from the U.S. Department of State's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas has focused on four innovative housing and community development demonstration projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.

This presentation explained the background of the region's planning issues and showcased the progress of the four projects.

PDF of PowerPoint presentation (pdf)

About the Speakers

Jennifer GraeffJennifer Graeff is APA's international program manager. She manages several projects, including APA's U.S. Department of State's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which focuses on building planning capacity throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. Graeff also oversees APA's Dutch partnership which provides members with insight into the Dutch approach to water. Formerly, she worked at the Earth Institute's Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. She earned Master of International Affairs and Master of Science in Urban Planning degrees, both at Columbia.

Thomas BassettThomas Bassett is a senior program associate in APA's Washington office, where his projects include the Community Assistance Program and International Outreach. He is part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas team, and has participated in planning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S. His published work appears in The South African Geographical Journal, URBAN, Latin American Perspective, among others. He holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and an AB in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University.

Katalina MayorgaKatalina Mayorga is a social entrepreneur and experienced international development consultant who has worked extensively on strategic partnerships and outreach, business development, capacity building, brokering international partnerships, and volunteerism around the areas of energy and climate change. She has worked with organizations such as Akeso Associates, Mercy Corps, Carbon Roots International, and the Organization of American States. Mayorga received a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

Luis TeranLuis A. Terán has been a consultant for the American Planning Association since March 2013 and has been involved with the ECPA II grant since December 2011. Terán served as the primary coordinator for Hábitat Para la Mujer Comunidad María Auxiliadora and represented APA in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on three separate occasions. Prior to his position as consultant, Terán was an intern at APA. He is a recent Virginia Tech graduate, holding master's degrees in both Urban Planning and Natural Resource Management.