Ambient accountability in the capital of creative urbanism – part 1: the transport stuff
Once it was the murder capital of the world and the home-base of the king of cocaine who at the height of his success in the 80s allegedly spent more than 2000 dollars a month just on all the rubber bands to hold together the wads of cash that kept piling up in his warehouses. Now it is a widely admired poster-child of urban renewal and creative urbanism with cable cars, public libraries and lavish public spaces: Medellin, Colombia has come an incredibly long way. And it just hosted the World Urban Forum, a mega UN event of more than 20,000 participants. Fortunate enough to participate and speak about urbanisation and corruption on a panel organised by a really interesting group of architects, I also took the opportunity to explore serendipitously the state of ambient accountability in the city. And yes, the capital of creative urbanism also has some really quite fascinating examples on offer in this category.