The project Towards the Human City aims to identify, document and communicate initiatives that make significant improvements in the way we think about and manage cities in order to make them more human and inclusive.


1 project
6 continents
24 months
+45 cities
+101 initiatives

We are aware that more than 50 percent of the world population lives today in cities. By 2030 it will be 60 percent. By 2050, 70 percent.

Besides the many challenges cities face, we understand cities are positive concentration of people that spur creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship potential, and most of all, the creation of new opportunities for all.

We know the battle for sustainability and human development will be won or lost in cities.

Towards the Human City project is our take in this battle, where we will join forces with inspirational citychangers in the hope of enabling more sustainable and human cities for all.

Our final goal is to communicate effectively and creatively that “a more human city is possible” and provide inspiring examples of how it is being achieved in different parts of the world.

The initiative Towards a Human City is structured across 10 strategic dimensions as well as three cross-cutting themes that will be used to document and quantify progress achieved by the most innovative cities.

Ensuring decent and suitable housing for all

Public Space
Promoting public space as a place of connection, identification and cultural integration

Improve the development as individuals and access to opportunities offering qualitative education

Improving the living conditions to reduce inequality and promote inclusiveness and participation

Investing in equitable, efficient and quality health services to improve welfare of citizens

Ensuring access to healthy food to guarantee the health and wellfare of citizens

Rethinking new solutions for sustainable mobility alternatives

Enhance culture and leisure as a means to spur urban creativity and strengthen the city identity

Sustainable development
Addressing climate change, water and energy efficiency and waste management of cities in a sustainable way

Supporting the youngest generations to take an active role in the transformation of cities

We are working hard to deliver the following outputs:
Database of innovative initiatives
Creation of a database with innovative case studies from the most innovative cities. The idea is to create a knowledge sharing process to enhance peer-to-peer learning.
The Book
Artistic publication narrating innovations identified in each city, including infographics, photographs from renowned photographers and texts composed by writers from cities involved.
The Management Toolkit
Design a City Management Toolkit that consists of public management methodologies, including city management systems, identification of technology systems applied to cities, monitoring and evaluation systems that allow managers to quantify performance and benchmark with other cities, as well as good practices and lessons learned in selected dimensions that can inspire and allow city planners to face the challenge of efficiently managing cities with constant population growth.
The Documentary
Film that narrates the transition process that cities are experiencing in order to integrate citizen’s concerns and respond to social challenges.
Photography Exhibition
Photographic exhibition of selected cities signed by prestigious photographers.




Paula García Serna

Paula received her BA in Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University and her BA in Philosophy from Université d´Aix-en-Provence. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Development Cooperation. In the past she worked as a data analyst for the World Bank, focusing on business regulations in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America regions. Currently, she is the co-founder and co-director of Towards the Human City project. She has become an urban storyteller, giving voice to those that are engaged worldwide making cities more livable.

Fernando Casado

Fernando is a Ph.D. economist and has studied international affairs at Columbia University. He is the founder and director of the development center Globalcad which now has offices in Barcelona, Berlin and Washington DC. However, currently, he is traveling the world with Paula documenting initiatives that are transforming cities, making them more human.

Maria Alejandra Pineda

Researcher in urban sustainability and inclusive business, Maria is Associate Professor at Politecnico Grancolombiano. Her recent publications include the book chapter “Urban agriculture as a strategy for addressing food insecurity of BoP populations”. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development (The Netherlands), and a master’s in Sustainability (Spain).

Chloé Vadot

Chloé received her BA in Urban Studies and Art History from McGill University. She is currently working with the editorial team at Architizer, the largest database for architecture and design. Interested in the way that the arts and culture shape cities around the world, she is helping Towards the Human City by transcribing and translating interviews from their travels.

Sofia Freire Dowbor

Sofia received her BA in International Relations in Sao Paulo and holds a Master in Social Politics and Community Mediation from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. Especializad in citizen participation and urban sustainability, she has worked as a social researcher coordinating projects in NGOs of Sao Paulo and Barcelona. Currently she helps Towards the Human City project with content research and edition.