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March 1, 2006


NEW YORK, March 1, 2006 – Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and an internationally recognized expert on urban development and administration, will present the Third Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at The City College of New York (CCNY), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2006. 

The lecture, titled "A New Urban Paradigm: Building a Just and Sustainable Metropolis," will be delivered in The Great Hall of The City College, Shepard Hall, 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan. It is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Urban Design of CCNY's School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and is free and open to the public.

Mr. Penalosa, one of the world’s most respected authorities in urban development and administration, and a candidate for President of Colombia, will elaborate his belief that cities in developing countries are in a position to create a different and better urban model than that of industrialized nations, one “more for children than automobiles.” From 1998-2001, he served as mayor of Bogota, the capital of Colombia, with a population of 6.9 million. 

During his tenure, Mr. Penalosa led massive efforts to improve that city’s infrastructure and education system. Among the initiatives carried out during his term were improvements to the bus system, new parks and bicycle paths, trees plantings and restrictions on use of private automobiles. While he was mayor, public school enrollment increased by 34 percent as 250 schools and libraries were built or improved and schools were linked to the Internet via a network of 14,000 computers. 

Other positions he has held include member of the Colombian House of Representatives, member of the Bogota City Council, Economic Secretary to the Colombian President and President of the Colombian Institute of Mortgage Banks. 

Mr. Penalosa holds a BA in economics from Duke University, a Masters in management from France’s Institut International D’Administration Publique and a DESS in Public Administration from the University of Paris II. His numerous honors include the National Colombian Architecture Prize, the Stockholm Challenge Award, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Prize. He has authored many articles and books, including Democracy and Capitalism: Challenges of the Coming Century and Penalosa and a City 2,600 Meters Closer to the Stars.

About the Lewis Mumford Lecture

Named for writer, architecture critic and urbanist Lewis Mumford, who attended City College, the series invites the world’s most distinguished urbanists to speak freely and publicly about the future of cities. Jane Jacobs, author of several seminal books on urbanism, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities, delivered the first lecture in 2004. The 2005 lecturer was Mike Davis, a noted urbanist, author and MacArthur Fellow.

For more information about The Lewis Mumford Lecture, contact Kathleen Sheridan at or Professor Michael Sorkin, Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, at

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.