Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 18:00
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In the occasion of the 8th EU-LAC / 2nd EU-CELAC SummitMore Europe – external cultural relations and the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels (BOZAR), in partnership with the EU-LAC Foundation and EUNIC, organised a panel debate on “Urban Development and Public Space: Culture As a Driver for Cities”.

The panel debate was held on Thursday, 4 June 2015 at 6.00 PM at BOZAR and allowed for a vivid exchange between cultural operators, artists and intellectuals on the theme of ‘Culture as a driver for cities’. The panel debate followed a one-day expert round-table with participants from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, to which More Europ – external cultural relations representatives participated.

Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean share a common history and culture. Cities in the two regions offer major challenges and opportunities for the development of our societies. The question of urban development in the 21st century is now a joint concern. It is about the alliance of not only economic development, social cohesion and sustainability, but also of culture as a seed for the cities of tomorrow.

Introduction by M. Christian Leffler, Managing Director Americas, European External Action Service

Panel speakers:

  • David Escobar Arango, Private Secretary for Mayor Fajardo in the city of Medellín, Colombia (2004-2007), played a primary role in the city’s urban transformation;
  • Riccardo A. Marini, Architect and Director of Gehl Architects, with a deep knowledge of developing people-centred solutions;
  • Markus Appenzeller, Director and founding partner of MLA+, Architecture, Urbanism and related Thinking;
  • Elkin Velasquez, Director of the UN Habitat Regional Office for the Caribbean and Latin America.

Conclusion by Ms. Daniela Chacón Arias, Vice-mayor of Quito, Ecuador

The panel debate was moderated by Jordi Pascual (United Cities and Local Governments) in English and Spanish (with translation).

The report of the whole day can be downloaded here.

Image: Chantal Vanoeteren