Urban Sustainability in Latin American Cities
Sustainability is perhaps the main challenge for cities worldwide, and Latin American cities are no exception. Towns of different sizes have their typical situations, but many of our Latin American cities share the same problems of poverty and lack of public services, especially in vulnerable areas. Sustainable development must be the focus to address many of the inclusion, affordability, safety, resilience and prosperity requirements included in the New Urban Agenda under green building certification criteria. For that, the management of urban plans and projects requires monitoring of the impact metrics of each of them as well as the expectation of improvement actions to increase the current service thresholds. This Geodesign approach has been applied by our urban planning team in some case studies in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, using ArcGIS Urban to illustrate the calculation of metrics to support decision-making processes for situations such as urban renovation, environmental commitment, citizen participation, reconstruction after natural disasters, extreme densification and other situations. The presentation addresses these experiences, developed with the support of some Esri Latin American distributors for discussions at universities, consultant meetings, and public offices across the continent.