Earth Day: Local Needs, Global Meanings!
As Earth Day approaches, here in Chile we have suddenly woken up and started talking about saving our old Mother Earth. Newspapers, magazines, and TV are full of information spreading awareness about the degradation of the environment. Most of these activities are kind of seasonal, a few days of sloganizing […]
Megalopolises – houses for many, homes for none
The new age of industrialization and globalization is giving rise to unforeseen migration patterns across the globe. It’s giving birth to an increasing demographic movement towards urban and sub-urban areas. This sudden movement of the masses has taken our Chilean cities by surprise. Modern megalopolises are now under tremendous pressure to provide […]
Bicycles? No ways!!
As part of our coverage on “The New City” we asked our bloggers for some pictures from their cities. Are there any places in their cities that are prime examples for sustainable urban living? But it could also be a negative example in order to show how a city should not […]
Chile, the Copper Grail of the World
Can an economic model to support future generations of Chileans be based on a nonrenewable natural resource? Or will it become yet another example of the resource curse? For the last 150 years copper has been the backbone of the Chilean economy. Chile has been able to defeat underdevelopment and […]
The Rise of Civil Society in Chile or a Puppet on a String
When it comes to social conflict, Chile has always stood apart from the rest of Latin American countries , given its liberal society and vigorous economy. However, 2011 brought widespread social discontent in Chilean society to the forefront. First and foremost, the government of the first rightist President in office […]