PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – December 10, 2014 – The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is thrilled to announce a special series in conjunction with Towards the Human City, a project that aims to identify, document and communicate initiatives that make cities more human and inclusive. The special series will appear on Penn IUR’s Global Urban Commons (GUC) blog, and will feature regular posts from Towards The Human City Co-directors Paula García Serna and Fernando Casado Cañeque as they travel to 36 cities on 5 continents documenting over 100 initiatives that improve cities.
The project will be part of Penn IUR’s Global Urban Commons, a publicly-accessible, global directory of university-based urban research centers. Readers can log onto the GUC website and follow the stories of García Serna and Casado Cañeque as they travel around the world and document real-world approaches to improving our world’s cities.
Every two weeks García Serna and Casado Cañeque will file a new blog post from their remarkable journey, sharing insight into the initiatives and events they are encountering, the cities they are exploring, and the people they are interviewing. We’ll hear more about security and informal settlements, youth and participatory planning, the challenges of mobility in rapidly expanding cities, and the efforts underway to measure sustainability and development goals around the world.