Paternostro, S. (2007): My Colombian War. A Journey Through A Country I Left Behind. Henry Holt and Company, New York.

It’s the shocking story of a journalist from Barranquilla, who left Colombia as a teenager and now lives and works in New York. Every time she thinks back to her former country, she gets emotionally upset: She’s confused, angry, distracted and ignorant at the same time. Therefore, the book is a very personal attempt to better understand her emotions about Colombia. It’s not an easy appetizer, but a good explanation what Colombia is. A book review by the New York Times can be read here.

Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) & Findeter (2012): Plan de Accion Barranquilla. Ciudades Sostenibles Y Competitivas. Barranquilla. Link.
The publication is a product from a collaborative work between the governemnt of the city of Barranquilla, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Findeter. The methodology “Iniciativa de Ciudades Sostenibles (ICES)” was used to first analyze the city and then to derive important field of actions. This action plan can be seen as the official strategic approach how Barranquilla should develop in the future.

Google Street View.
Using big data offers a totally new approach to investigate urban settings. In this context, Google Maps and Google Street View are excellent tools to get a quick sense of almost any location in the world. Slowly, such methods are finding their way into the daily-life of scientists, as for example the publication „Using Google Street View to Audit Neighborhood Environments“ indicates. Feel free to virtually walk through the markets in Barranquilla or in Zurich – it’s easy to identify some differences.

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