ICS Lecture: “Decision Making on the Development of Territorial Space in Puerto Rico”

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 9 lecture series for the 2011-2012 academic year, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Desarrollo e implantación de un sistema de apoyo a la toma de decisiones sobre el uso del espacio territorial en Puerto Rico” [Development and Implementation of a Support System for Decision Making on the Use of Territorial Space in Puerto Rico] by Dr. Elías Gutiérrez (Director, Graduate School of Planning, UPR-RP). Professor José Auger Marchand (Graduate School of Planning, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre, CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: The failure of centralized planning and difficult governance of democracies in an era of instant communication, porous borders, and a globalized economy by and for cities, raise serious doubts about the role of planning in the future. Will there be a future for a type of planning that is scientifically valid and politically viable? The development of an instrument to enable decision-making on the use of territorial space with the purpose of designing and evaluating public policy in Puerto Rico has required a huge amount of effort. The process began more than a decade ago with the experimental development of a prototype for Saint Lucia. If these planning instruments are doomed to obsolescence, what will the future hold for the island and its land development?

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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