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Alejandro Echeverri is an internationally acclaimed architect and planner from Medellín, Colombia, Colombia and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University. In addition, as the City’s Director of Urban Projects, Echeverri has played crucial role in the rejuvenation of Medellín. With the support and partnership of the city’s mayor, Sergio Fajardo, Echeverri established public works programs and initiated building a series of visually striking libraries, schools, parks, and community centers in Medellín’s most impoverished areas. The works program even included an elevated gondola that connects some of Medellín’s poorest and most isolated neighborhoods to the rest of the city. Because of these efforts and the his belief in the power of design, Medellín’s crime rate has dropped significantly. Medellín is now considered a blueprint for the future of other cities in the developing world.