A Dinner Conversation w/Pedro Ortiz on the rising economic AND POLITICAL POWER of METROPOLISES: A WORLD GAME-CHANGER.

Pedro Ortiz, a leading thinker and policy maker on the issue of urban planning, offers his thoughts on "the rising economic and political power of metropolises: a world game-changer." 

The evening will begin with a full three-course Spanish dinner created by Chef Chris in honor of the occasion.  For the first time, half the global population is living in urban areas, and that number is growing exponentially. Written by noted urban planner Pedro Ortiz, who served as director of the groundbreaking Madrid Metropolitan-Regional Plan, "The Art of Shaping the Metropolis" presents an innovative, agile solution for managing urban growth that enhances economic activity, environmental stability, and quality of life.

Based on the findings from Madrid and other cities, this timely guide offers a methodical system for addressing the crucial issues facing governments, professionals, the private and public sectors, developers, stakeholders, and inhabitants of twenty-first-century metropolises.   Ortiz demonstrates how metropolises can be organized for a future that preserves the historic nucleus of the city and the environment, while providing for the necessary sustainable expansion of transportation, housing, and social and productive facilities.

About the Author
Pedro Ortiz is currently a Pedro Ortiz is currently a consultant to non-profits and multinationals world-wide. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Council of Architects of Madrid and Director of the Institute for Urban Renewal, a joint venture between the public and private sectors in Madrid. He was also the founder and Director of the Masters program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid. Pedro Ortiz was a Partner of the Planning Consultancy firm of Arop&As where he served as an advisor to the Regional Governments of Navarra and Murcia in Spain, as well as many others around the world, in addition to several engineering and development companies including Intevia, SA, Institute of Transport Engineering and Roads, the Centro Superior de Arquitectura, Camuñas Foundation.

Ortiz is a former elected Mayor for Madrid’s Central District (Distrito de Salamanca) (1989-1991). He is also a member of the Madrid’s City Council (1987-1995) where he was responsible for Urban Prospective (1993-1995) and for Culture (1991-1993). He served as Director of the “Strategic Plan for Madrid” (1991-1994). He was also Director General for Town and Regional Planning for the Government of Madrid Region and the author of the "Regional Development Plan of Madrid of 1996" and the "Land Planning Law of 1997."


Mediterranean Mixed Green Salad

Paella del Pescador- Seafood Paella

Garlic Roasted Chicken

Espárragos a la Plancha- grilled asparagus spears, mushroom vinaigrette

Spanish Yellow Rice


Date:        October 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location:  Hogan Lovells, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 2004 (Metro Center)

Fee:          $45 for Harvard Club Members and their guests; $65 for nonmembers

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This venue is fully handicap accessible and our meals are designed to accommodate vegetarians.

The nearest metro station is Metro Center. Exit at 12th and F Street, NW. Your destination is the building named "Columbia Square" which will you see right in front of you as you exit the escalator.There are several nearby parking garages including:

Columbia Square Parking Garage: 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 637-8105

Parking Management: 600 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-5469


6:30PM - 8:30PM Mon 28 Oct 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Hogan Lovells
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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