Marcela Angel is a Research Associate at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, where she conducts environmental and community-based planning research. She serves as the manager for the Nature Based Solutions (NBS) Program, a collaboration among researchers, environmental planning authorities and community groups, among others, aimed at designing, executing and disseminating innovative nature-based solutions to conserve strategic ecosystems and reduce environmental risk while creating local wealth, security and peace in human settlements located in strategic ecosystems in Latin America.

Marcela has a Masters in City Planning (MCP) from MIT and a B.A in Architecture from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her previous research at MIT-DUSP includes a spatial analysis study to provide tools and evidence for the public entity that manages the public tree canopy in Bogotá to implement a data-driven tree planting initiative as an equitable and cost efficient climate mitigation and adaptation strategy; and graduate thesis on the relationships between equity-building and the ecology of public parks in Bogotá, whereby legacies of conflict and forces of social exclusion and fear, in combination with planning paradigms of order and security, end up provoking a simultaneous restraint on biodiversity and human diversity in green open spaces throughout the city.

This semester Professor Juan Camilo Osorio’s Advanced GIS course has partnered with the PDRN (Pratt Disaster Resilience Network), the Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and Pratt SAVI, on a lecture series called Mapping Urban Inquiry. The purpose of the series is to engage in four critical discussions on the role of mapping and spatial analysis in seeking just, healthy, equitable and resilient environments.The events are open to the public and will be streaming live through the PDRN’s Facebook page.

Zoom Registration Link/ RSVP Required: https://bit.ly/3hIIrQN