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The women’s political movement “Estamos Listas” (We are Ready!) organized a series of talks to critically discuss the role of Public Enterprises of Medellín (EPM) in the urban development of the city, and its responsibility in the provision of basic public services....

In December of last year, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched the world’s first water futures market, allowing investors to bet on the future price of water rights in California. This raised global alarms about the financialization of water resources and the threat of Wall Street...

While the international community discusses the importance of securing the human right to water during the Seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Resource Management (D7), low-income households in Medellín are denied access to this essential resource for non-payment of bills or because they are located in...

CUW curates a series of short documentaries to trace the invisible travel of waste and creates a menu in cooperation with Foodsharing. Inspired by the documentaries, the menu is made of ingredients that are close to expiring and probably will end up in the rubbish,...

CUW is invited to be part of the workshop “Transformations in Environment and Society” to discuss how utility companies are actively involved in designing, adjusting and politicizing prepaid water systems, and how they prepare consumers to interact with this micro-technology....

Architects and planners are increasingly confronted with new challenges: Fossil energy resources as well as non-renewable materials are on the decline, the effects of climate change and pollution threaten our living conditions and environment and lead to migratory movements and conflicts worldwide....

Under the framework of “Die Amerikas: Forschungskolloquium zu den Amerikas aus kulturwissenschaftlicher Sicht”, CUW is invited to discuss how access to urban water has become a crucial terrain over which the expansion of market-based logic over fundamental human needs are both consolidated and contested....

This book launch presents “Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia” edited by Marcela López....

CUW together with the students select a series of short documentaries that explore the relationship between cities, social inequalities and politics. The documentaries cover a wide range of issues including the disposal of electronic waste, the dark aspects of food and the everyday struggles to...

Urban studies usually place a strong analytical focus on cities. Although cities are important sites to investigate how infrastructures sustain the material flows of capital, people and goods, such studies fall short of explaining how cities are highly dependent on the abstraction of natural resources...

Marcela López was selected as a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich (2017-2018) to work in a book manuscript and a scientific article on prepaid water meters....

CUW curates a series of short documentaries follow the flows of water through different uneven waterscapes in Colombia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Kenya. They explore how disadvantaged communities are being affected by conditions of extreme water abundance or “socially” produced scarcity...

CUW creates and curates an exhibition around the concept of “Waterscapes”. This concept is discussed together activists, academics, NGO members, staff of the utility company, and artists by following the flows of water through three different and contrasting waterscapes...

How do water resources come and leave our cities? CUW is invited to discuss with the students how water is mobilized from different distant areas located outside the boundaries of the city, and transformed into commodity to sustain contemporary urban life....