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Latin America at the Crossroads



Latin America at the Crossroads

Mariana Leguía (Guest Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-66492-6 June 2011 152 Pages


Guest-editor Mariana Leguía

The announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympic host city has placed Latin America on the world's stage. Latin America has not been the centre of international architectural attention and pilgrimage since the mid 20th century when economic growth triggered the development of Modernist urban design and architecture on an epic scale. Since then the centralised, utopian planned model has broken down. Mass migrations from the countryside and erection of informal settlements have left cities socially and spatially divided. Within this context and in the mist of globalization Latin America is set to go though major change once again.

In recent decades, resourceful governments and practices have developed innovative approaches to urban design and development, less to do with the utopian and totalitarian schemes and more to do with "urban acupuncture", working within rather than denying the framework of informality to stitch together disparate parts of the city.

This title of AD will explore the current urban issues faced by Latin American cities and the response of alternative local practitioners at different scales. Large-scale urban case studies, such as the revitalisation of Bogotá and Medellin, will be featured alongside architectural practices, research-based organisations and university studios working at a grass-roots level.

  • Contributors include: Saskia Sassen, Hernando de Soto, Ricky Burdett and Bogotá ex-mayor Enrique Peñalosa.
  • Featured architects: Teddy Cruz, UTT-Urban Think-Tank, Jorge Jauregui, Alejandro Echeverri, MMBB and Alejandro Aravena.
Editorial (Helen Castle).

About the Guest-Editor (Mariana Leguía).

Introduction: Latin America at the Crossroads (Mariana Leguía).

Simultaneous Territories: Unveiling the Geographies of Latin American Cities (Patricio del Real).

PREVI-Lima’s Time: Positioning Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda in Peru’s Modern Project (Sharif S. Kahatt).

PREVI-Lima led the way in the 1960s at the seminal informal housing project – low-rise and high-density – with flexibility integral to the design.

The Experimental Housing Project (PREVI), Lima: The Making of a Neighbourhood (Fernando García-Huidobro), Diego Torres Torriti and Nicolás Tugas).

Elemental: A Do Tank (Alejandro Aravena).

Tlacolula Social Housing, Oaxaca, Mexico (Dellekamp Arquitectos).

Governing Change: The Metropolitan Revolution in Latin America (Ricky Burdett and Adam Kaasa).

The Olympic Games and the Production of the Public Realm: Mexico City 1968 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Fernanda Canales).

Articulating the Broken City and Society (Jorge Mario Jáuregui).

Formalisation: An Interview with Hernando de Soto (Angus Laurie).

Playgrounds: Radical Failure in the Amazon (Gary Leggett).

Urban Responses to Climate Change in Latin America: Reasons, Challenges and Opportunities (Patricia Romero-Lankao).

As the main emitters of greenhouse gases in Latin America, cities will determine climate change in the region.

Filling the Voids with Popular Imaginaries (Fernando de Mello Franco).

Civic Buildings: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos (FGMF), São Arquitetos FGMF.

A City Talks: Learning from Bogota’s Revitalisation (Enrique Peñalosa).

Bogotá and Medellin: Architecture and Politics (Lorenzo Castro and Alejandro Echeverri).

From Product to Process: Building on Urban-Think Tank’s Approach to the Informal City Interview with Alfredo Brillembourg by Adriana Navarro-Sertich.

Latin American Meander: In Search of a New Civic Imagination (Teddy Cruz).

Supersudaca’s Asia Stories (AKA at Home in the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Worlds) (Supersudaca).

When Cities Become Strategic (Saskia Sassen).

Organising Communities for Interdependent Growth (Enrique Martin-Moreno).

Universities as Mediators: The Cases of Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico and São Paulo (Mariana Leguía).

Counterpoint: Looking Beyond Informality (Daniela Fabricius).