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The fourth webinar of the cycle, “Social Urbanism – International Cases: Latin America, Africa, and Asia,” will present cases on urban upgrading in the Kosovo Informal Settlement, South Africa, and on the Integral Urban Projects in the Gran Area Metropolitana, Costa Rica.

This webinar will feature Gita Goven, sustainability expert, Luyanda Mpahlwa, architect and urban designer, and Phila Mayisela, Acting Head of Department for Human Settlements Implementation in the Western Cape Province, from South Africa, along with Gilberto Monge, Master in Municipal Administration and Law from Costa Rica. The event mediators will be Anaclaudia Rossbach, social housing expert (Brazil), and Juan Sebastián Bustamante, Project Coordinator at Universidad EAFIT’s Center for Urban and Environmental Studies – Urbam (Colombia).

The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous interpreting.

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Date: 22/07/2021

Time: 10h00


22/07/2021 - Western Cape: Settlement upgrading | Costa Rica: Urban Projects

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Anaclaudia Rossbach

Anaclaudia Rossbach is from São Paulo, Brazil. She has been working for 20 years in the housing and urban fields as an expert and researcher for international organizations, local and national governments, universities, and non-profit organizations. Currently, she is the Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at Cities Alliance, based in Mexico City.

Carlos Leite

Urbanist, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of the Social Urbanism Center, Arq.Futuro Cities Lab at Insper and a Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of Mackenzie Presbyterian University (FAU Mackenzie). He is also a guest researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies – USP (Urban Spaces and Health Study Group). In addition, Prof. Celso served as Director of The Sao Paulo Urban Design Agency (SP-Urbanismo).

Gilberto Monge

Gilberto is a Master in Municipal Administration and Law from the University of Costa Rica and a Doctor in Education from La Salle University . He served as municipal mayor of the canton of Mora, Province of San José, Costa Rica, between 2007 and 2020. Gilberto was also the Director of Costa Rica’s National Council for Community Development between 2014 and 2018.

Gita Goven

Gita is an architect, a sustainability expert, and the CEO of ARG Design. She is focused on and committed to regenerative and systems approaches to build family, community, and a healthy planet through settlement design, place-making, and development networks.

Juan Sebastián Bustamante

Using urbanism and landscaping as vectors of change in social and spatial realities, Sebastián has participated in the processes of transformation of the territory from a conception of public space as a place of equity, inclusion, promotion of peace, and fomentation of social and environmental justice.

Luyanda Mpahlwa

Cape Town based Architect and Urban Designer. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Walter Sisulu University for his contribution on design for social change. University professor and commentator on urbanism and African cities, he also leads a team of design professionals as the Director of his design firm DesignSpaceAfrica. He serves on various boards including the Council of Robben Island Museum, SAHRA and SAIA. Currently, Luyanda is upgrading the Kosovo informal settlement in Philippi, in Cape Town, with building 434 housing units.

Phila Mayisela

Civil Engineer from the private sector and later eThekwini Municipality [Durban]. She worked on rural and urban regeneration programmes, including with the European Union. She also contributed to the delivery of the city’s 2010 Soccer World Cup infrastructure. She is currently Western Cape’s Acting Head of Department of Human Settlement. She is in charge of the Southern Corridor Programme to provide housing opportunities to approximately 50,000 households, with a cluster of projects focusing on eight highly dense informal settlements - one of which is Kosovo.