Advancing Accessible Design Practices around Protected Bike Facilities and Improving Pedestrian-Bike Interaction In Vancouver, BC @ TBA
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaker: Dylan Passmore, Senior Transportation Design Engineer, City of Vancouver, BC

Introduction by Paul Hess (Director Planning Program, University of Toronto)

(Joint event – University of Toronto - Planning & York FES Planning)

City Institute Grant Writing Workshop @ 626 KT (Kaneff Tower)
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join us for a Grant Writing Workshops, facilitated by Linda Peake, Director, the City Institute, on applying to SSHRC and York University grants.

Everyone is Welcome

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Condominium Development and Public Space @ TBA
Mar 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaker:Ute Lehrer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

International Conference of Critical Geography @ Athens, Greece
Apr 19 – Apr 23 all-day
GenUrb Writing Retreat
Apr 23 – Apr 28 all-day
Leveraging Bogotá: Sustainable Development, Global Philanthropy and The Rise of Urban Solutionism
Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

(This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto)


Sergio Montero, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is marked by the consolidation of sustainability as a key guiding principle and an emphasis on cities as a potential solution to global development problems. However, in the absence of an agreement on how to implement sustainable development in cities, a set of urban policy solutions and “best practices” became the vehicle through which the sustainable development agenda is spreading worldwide. This talk is based on a soon-to-be-published article that shows that the rapid circulation of Bogotá as a model of sustainable transport since the 2000s reflects an increasing focus of the international development apparatus on urban policy solutions as an arena to achieve global development impacts, what I call the “leveraging cities” logic. This logic emerges at a particular historical conjuncture characterized by: 1) the rising power of global philanthropy to set development agendas; 2) the generalization of solutionism as a strategy of action among development and philanthropic organizations; and 3) the increasing attention on cities as solutions for global development problems, particularly around sustainability and climate change. By connecting urban policy mobilities debates with development studies Prof. Montero considers the emergence, and the limits, of “leveragingcities” as a proliferating global development practice. These urban policy solutions, however, are far from being a clear framework of action. Rather, their circulation becomes a “quick fix” to frame the problem of sustainable development given the unwillingness of development and philanthropic organizations to intervene in the structural factors and multiple scales that produce environmental degradation and climate change.