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Gil Penalosa


City parks fans, here’s our spotlight on Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, producer of some of our fave YouTube videos as host of outstanding dialogues about creating life-affirming cities.

The Walk in the Park with Gil video series are polished and informative one-hour conversations. High points for having a consistent start time, regardless of where the host and guests are. This make the series an easy an often must watch early Tuesday mornings (in the Pacific time zone).

Key Links

Upcoming Webinars
Feb. 8th – Older Adults & Parks – Live healthier & happier. It’s 1/3 of our lives! AARP Livable, USA; Active Aging Society, Canada. Register: https://bit.ly/32JJkas

Feb. 22nd – Playgrounds as Triggers of Community Building. Mi Parque Fdn., Chile and Kaboom, USA. Register: https://bit.ly/3qmkl6f

March 8th – Canada’s Amazing Stanley Park. Donnie Rosa, General Manager, City of Vancouver Parks & Rec. Register: https://bit.ly/3zmlVrw

March 22nd – Parks and Greenspaces. How to double a city’s population in existing footprint. Rob Adams’ 7.5% City. City Architect, Melbourne. Register: https://bit.ly/3zk07wN

April 5th – Small and Medium Cities also need Great Park Systems. The Victorias: Canada’s & Spain’s. Register: https://bit.ly/3JAO035

April 19th – Open Streets / Ciclovias: Meeting as Equals. Sustainable happiness. Healthy. Streets for people. Register: https://bit.ly/330QXsZMay 3rd – Magnificent Central Park and its Conservancy. Betsy Smith, President and CEO. Register: https://bit.ly/3pRWpag


  • Is there a schedule of upcoming webinars? = ¿Hay un cronograma de los próximos seminarios web?
  • Is there a way to livestream the talks on YouTube or Facebook? = ¿Hay alguna forma de transmitir en vivo las charlas en YouTube o Facebook?
  • Are the videos translated in other languages? = ¿Los videos están traducidos a otros idiomas?

Gil Penalosa: Citizens Can’t Be Spectators in Urban Planning


YouTube: Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa – 8 80 Cities Founder and Chair. World Urban Parks Ambassador. Our Third Act, Founder/Advocate. President, Gil Penalosa & Associates. Gil is passionate about creating cities for all people. He has inspired and advised decision makers in more than 350 different cities around the world. His priority now is on the post-pandemic city, equitable and sustainable, where all people can live healthier and happier regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, or socio-economic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks, streets, sidewalks as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, taking public transit, and new uses of cars. Gil highlights the benefits to public health, the environment, mobility, economic development.





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