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Mexico Days 2017: Mexico City: challenges and obstacles in sustainability

Date & Time:
November 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining Centre - Alberta Room, University of Calgary

Join us for the core scholarly event of Mexico Days, a keynote address by Carlos De Leo. Leo, a professor of urban planning and urban design at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, will discuss the challenges and obstacles Mexico City must overcome in order to achieve sustainability and what is being done to work toward this vision. He will explain how the social, political, environmental, economic and legal factors combine to complicate the situation for this capital of over 20 million people. 

A panel discussion chaired by Pablo Policzer, Director, Latin American Research Centre (LARC) will follow the lecture. Panelists include Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Assistant Professor, Environmental Design and Gopal Achari, Professor, Civil Engineering. The audience will also be invited to join the multidisciplinary discussion.

A reception will follow with music by Mexican guitarist, Hugo Daniel Siqueiros, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar and exhibits. The exhibits featured will include:

  • archaeological artifacts from the sustained urban centers of ancient Mesoamerica, especially Cholula, Teotihuacan, and Monte Alban, contributed by Geoffrey McCafferty and Elizabeth Paris, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. This will be part of the Chacmool at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of Archaeology conference at University of Calgary, November 8-12, 2017
  • a Mexican social enterprise,“Ciclomanias”, that creates arts and crafts using recycled materials started by environmental design graduate, Elizabeth Romo-Rabago
  • solar power and community development project by “Nature’s Ride through Society”, a non-governmental organization created by environmental design graduate, Elizabeth Romo-Rabago, and Irene Herremans, Haskayne School of Business
  • information about opportunities to study in Mexico and Central and South America
  • samples from the “Modern and ancient urban design in Mexico” photography exhibit that will be located in the lobby of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, CHD100 from November 13, 2017 - January 12, 2018