17 Feb 2011 - 19 Feb 2011All dayDepartment of Architecture, Trumpington Street, Cambridge




Dr Felipe Hernández (Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)


The continued study of Latin American cities, their urban heterogeneity and? the size of the territories that they occupy, has led to the development of? alternative strategies to tackle continuous growth. Such strategies deal not? only with the physical expansion of metropolitan areas and the provision of? urban infrastructure (i.e. transport, electricity, water, and sewage), but? also with issues relating to governance and social inclusion. Interventions? are often small in scale but ambitious in scope. They consist of schools,? libraries, nurseries, or transport exchanges which encourage social? interaction and, thus, become generators of future development. Examples of? this type of urban intervention are the programmes implemented in recent? years in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Medellín and Bogotá? (Colombia) as well as Caracas (Venezuela), programes whose aim is to improve ?the quality of life of poor people in slums while articulating fragments of? cities that had developed in relative isolation from one another.

?This conference examines different ways to approach and to study urban? informality in architectural, urban and anthropological terms. The speakers, both practitioners and academics, will describe some of the above-mentioned programmes. They will also discuss the? theories and critical methodologies that are currently being used in order ?to study urban informality in Latin America (and in other parts of the? world). In so doing, speakers will cast a critical eye to reveal aspects? that require further attention (scholarly as well as in practice).

The? conference will offer an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to learn? about a wealth of work that is often produced in isolation and in distant? parts of the world.? 

Accommodation for delegates

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NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.



The conveners are grateful for the support of  The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, the Department of Architecture and the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.  

Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt (Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)


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