Urban Talks: Gil Peñalosa

Let's stop designing cities as if everyone was 30 years old and was perfectly fit, says our next guest on Urban Talks, Gil Peñalosa, former Parks Commissioner in Bogotá. During his time in the Colombian capital, he opened over 200 new parks and started the Ciclovía program, which reserves 120 km of roads for pedestrians and cyclists every Sunday. The reason for such efforts is to prioritize pedestrians over drivers and to show how we spend huge amounts of money on roads and then don't have the resources for sidewalks and bike paths. He has continued to do this as a consultant in more than 350 cities around the world. Since 2007, he has led his own organization called 8 80 Cities, which aims to change cities to make them pleasant for both 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds. With this same vision of equality for all residents, he was running for Mayor of Toronto in 2022. He currently serves as the Chair of the Norman Foster Institute for Sustainable Cities. This presentation follows the conference Start with Children.


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