People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization

Lead PI: Anna Rubbo

Unit Affiliation: Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD)

October 2012 - January 2014
Global ; Bangkok, Thailand ; Rio de Janiero, Brazil ; Sydney, Australia ; Johannesburg, South Africa ; Nairobi, Kenya ; India ; Beijing ; Shanghai, China ; Cincinnati, OH ; New York ; United States
Project Type: Research Outreach Education

DESCRIPTION: A traveling exhibition shown in 10 countries, 18 cities (2013-15) with the aim of generating a dialogue on inclusive urbanization. PBBC built on the educational program Global Studio, and the MDG target of improving the lives of slum dwellers. Online as an ongoing resource, the 23 panels in six languages document community driven development through the work of Global Studio and selected urban practitioners. The project highlights the importance of civic engagement in creating resilient, equitable, smart, and sustainable cities. See

OUTCOMES: Outcomes include the showing of PBBC in 12 cities in 2013, and public programs in each.

Research and project development: October 1, 2012- February 15, 2013

Exhibition tour: commenced February 22, 2013 in Bangkok and ends Jan 4, 2014.

Public programs: lectures, panel discussions, and site visits at exhibition venues. See
www.peoplebuildingbettercities for details.

Additional activity: currently three showings planned in 2104.


Sappi Fine Paper North America




Columbia Global Centers South Asia and East Asia, Columbia's Studio X in Rio de Janiero, Mumbai, Johannesburg and Beijing


resilience urbanization action research sustainability place-based learning urban poverty


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