AQ's Christopher Sabatini Interviewed about Sustainable Cities


October 30, 2014


View an interview with AQ’s Christopher Sabatini below

Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and founder and editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, was interviewed by the International Development Bank as part of the its Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative. Following the launch of AQ’s Winter 2014 issue, Our Cities, Our Future, Sabatini comments on the challenges and opportunities that cities face in the 21st century to become more inclusive and sustainable.  

What are the main challenges that cities are facing today?

“You’re adding new populations on top of already poorly planned cities, many of them were not the epicenters of urban growth in the 60s and 70s. The smaller cities that the IDB is focusing on are ones for whom this sort of economic growth is challenging, the population control is challenging… You have all the attendant infrastructural problems…as well as the problems of urban sprawl. And that’s not just a problem of urban management or environment or administration, but it’s also a social inclusion issue.”

How can cities face their challenges?

“Communication, information sharing, providing examples…is one of the most important things that can be done to promote not just sustainable cities but to promote solutions. Because what’s happening now in the region, from Canada to Argentina, [is that]…there’s a whole test tube of innovation and change that’s going on at the urban level, at the national, at the rural level.”

Watch the full interview here.

Ciudades inclusivas: Retos y oportunidades para el siglo XXI from Ciudades Sostenibles on Vimeo.


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