Rio and Beyond

For city-watchers interested in cutting-edge ideas, the yearly “Meeting of the Minds” conferences arranged by Gordon Feller of the Urban Age Institute – a key figure in the recent mission expansion of UN-Habitat — are well worth considering.  I attended myself last year’s event in New York and came away with a raft of new ideas and contacts.  Gordon has supplied this link to details about this year’s event.

For an excellent rundown on the world’s slum issues and potential cures, written by our Citistates Associate Associate Anthony Flint at the World Urban Forum in Rio, check his story on Global Post.

Our initial edition also has a “front page” story on model slum upgrading efforts in Brazil – in this case, São Paulo.