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IFHP Travel Squad reports from Bogotá


The IFHP Travel Squad is on their way to Bogotá. Stay tuned from Monday 19 November where we start blogging about inspiring people, projects and places in the city that made change possible.

15 years has passed since the beginning of the tremendous changes in Bogotá that made the eyes of the world turn towards the Colombian capital. What is happening in Bogotá now? Is the city still a world leader in urban development and social change? There are many questions to be answered.

How to follow up upon a success
The groundbreaking urban transformation of Bogotá was implemented in the 1990s by the charismatic mayors Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa. The transformation was a combination of social, cultural and physical initiatives. Mimers were sent out in the streets to control traffic; a participatory security policy made crime rates drop significantly; a bus rapid transit system was implemented; and public libraries and public parks were erected as incubators of change. The goal was to create a more democratic city by increasing co-existence and trust among the citizens and in the authorities.

A daily dose of Bogotá
Today, things appear to be different. The last mayor, Samuel Moreno, awaits trial for massive corruption. Has the city lost its momentum? What influences and inspires the Bogotanos today? How does the city follow up upon its previous success? Stay tuned as the IFHP Travel Squad meets with politicians, urban planners, academics and social entrepreneurs to look at Bogotá today. In the time to follow, we will bring a daily dose of Bogotá to you based on interviews, photo series and filmed interviews.

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The IFHP Travel Squad will be in Bogotá 16-22 November 2012.

Anna Esbjørn and Emmy Laura Pérez Fjalland

Reporters are:

Emmy Laura Pérez
Researcher, The Danish Architecture Centre,

Anna Esbjørn
Senior Project Manager, The Danish Architecture Centre,