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With MetroLab, urban agglomerations from developed and developing countries tackle challenges together

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez's picture
MetroLab provides a platform for cities from all over the world to share knowledge about urban management and development. The initiative started about 3 years ago, based on two simple premises: in spite of income differences, urban agglomerations from developed and developing countries face many similar challenges and have a lot to learn from each other; second, since urban growth typically spreads beyond one single municipality, cities need to "think outside their boundaries" and address challenges at the metropolitan level.
 
Lead Urban Specialist Victor Vergara tells us all there is to know about the program and what's next for MetroLab.

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Submitted by Abha on

Dear Ede and Victor
Congratulations on the innovative Metro Labs and making it an important part of South-South Knowledge Exchange and peer learning. I attended the Metro Lab at its start in New York in April 2013 and then in Bangkok in 2015. It has truly developed into a powerful platform for the cities to learn from each other around the most pressing issues in metropolitan development. The team including all the TTLs of our urban projects in these cities have done a tremendous job. LLI is very proud to support the Metro lab through its programmatic, multi-year South-South knowledge exchange, from its very inception. Also there has been tremendous commitment and knowledge partnership from the Regional Planning Association, New York(Bob Yaro and Tom Wright), KRIHS, Korea, and the cities of Barcelona and Paris as well as the Ford Foundation. An excellent model to follow for other Global Practices. Congratulations to the urban team!

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