Name: Pedro Ortiz

Bio: Pedro Ortiz joined the World Bank in January 2011 as Senior Advisor to develop strategic guidelines for Urban, Metropolitan and Global Development Issues. He is currently spearheading proposals in 12 countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Mr. Ortiz pioneered a metropolitan development methodology, with an expansion model that takes into account projected growth for the next 40 years. The principles were derived from data documenting the world’s metropolitan expansion in population and wealth. These factors make it imperative to lay the groundwork for long-term urban development, focusing on infrastructure, housing and transportation, social facilities, economic development and environmental sustainability. In addition, Mr. Ortiz is Vice President of INTA, the International Urban Development Association http://www.inta-aivn.org/ He has been involved in identifying specialists, who can analyze and formulate development solutions for INTA’s 2600 members from 60 countries and their administrations. Of Spanish descent, Mr. Ortiz played an active role in the Madrid’s regional development and of central Spain’s. While based in Madrid, Mr. Ortiz was innovator in various fields of urban development: Founder of IRU, (Madrid) an urban planning consulting firm (2003-2010) and served as a consultant to the European Union, the United Nations and ten countries throughout the world.

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    A spatial framework for explosive growth

    January 20th, 2012
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    Urbanization is taking place in  a extremely fast manner. We are not confronted anymore to urban growth. We are confronted to metropolitan explosion.
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    There are cities that are growing by 6% on an annual basis. That means they are doubling (100%) every ten years.
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    Would you imagine having to build cities, from scratch in the next ten years or so , to address this growth?
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    The result of this unmanageable growth  has been slums, slums and infinite slums. Entire cities are becoming ‘ghettos, and are likely to remain so for the next century.
    Our main task, as planners, is to find a way to allocate that growth in a rational manner in such a way that it would be possible to provide of infrastructure and social facilities to match the pace of the growth. A spatial framework for explosive growthwithin a context of Governance, participation, economic efficiency and social equity is the need of the hour.

    Chess in a Tripod MetroCT deals with Metropolitan Planning: Land-use, Urban Transport, Environment and Housing integrated urban allocation and administrative policy-making.

    This book is based on the 1996 Regional (Metropolitan) Plan for Madrid, a Methodology to address the current urgent need of metropolitan growth allocation. The system has been used in several places like Bogota and can be extended to other metropolitan areas with specific patterns.

    It can help to solve many of the problems of growth in numerous metropolitan areas in the world.

    There is a worldwide needs for comprehensive vision for metropolitan planning confronted with uncontrolled urban growth. The book explores the methods and opens a potential for debate among Professionals, University scholars as well as Local Authorities. The potential application is pretty wide ranging.

    The Method is unique. Madrid experience, directed by this author in 1996-99  establishes a system (CiTi Method) to confront, control, tame and articulate the explosive growth (100% in 20 years) of most of the 200 metropolis of the world and 400 large urban areas.

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