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August 11 2014

Making the City Evolve: Buenos Aires’ Ministry of E-Government

August 11th, 2014Posted by 

The second term of the current Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, brought the creation of two new ministries into the organization of the Government of the City; one of them is the new Ministry of E-Government or “Modernization.” This new governmental agency aims to bring the much discussed subject of smart cities to realization, using information technologies […]

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July 15 2014

The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

July 15th, 2014Posted by 

In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment. The Argentine presentation for the biennale, under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ culture […]

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July 01 2014

The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies. With the recently approved Green Roofs law, the expansion of bike paths, and zero waste plans, the current government has taken sustainability practices as part of its ideology. Therefore, when it was announced that they […]

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June 17 2014

Argentine Government Dismantled Christopher Columbus Statue in Buenos Aires

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

Many say it’s an ideological move, directed towards a reinterpretation of the history of the colonization of the Americas, while others say it’s just a necessary process for the restoration of a monument that is at risk of collapsing. The only thing that is certain regarding historical monuments is that politics is always a factor. In […]

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June 03 2014

From Grey to Green: or, How to Make Green Roofs Legal in Buenos Aires

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Recently, many things have changed in Buenos Aires concerning environmental awareness and policies towards more responsible urban planning - ones that are in tune with the rest of the world. As mentioned in previous posts, the government of the city is making huge changes in waste management, sustainable transportation and promoting an overall “green” mentality. However, until not […]

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May 20 2014

Colombia Requires A New Way to Plan Its Urban Development

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

This week, Colombia will go to the polls in a new presidential election that will determine the type of policies the country will apply for the next four years. In the race towards the House of Nariño there are competitors from diverse political origins: the current president, Juan Manuel Santos, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the main opposition candidate […]

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May 06 2014

Between Old and New: Historical Redevelopment in Buenos Aires

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

Buenos Aires, like many cities, is currently confronting a housing crisis. Its situation has been caused mainly by economic speculation and real estate market bubbles bursting. Putting it in simple terms: there’s not enough social housing for the people moving to our city, even while the real estate market is unable to sell off a […]

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April 22 2014

How to Make Buenos Aires, Argentina a Cleaner City

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The recent administration of Buenos Aires has been rather successful in confronting many problems of the city that were neglected for many years. Now, the city has a new focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. New attention is being given to everything “green.” It has been a huge change considering how far behind Buenos Aires stands […]

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April 08 2014

World Urban Forum 7: Medellin, Colombia at the Heart of Urban Debates

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

Twenty years after being considered the the most violent city in the world, Medellin is no longer recognized as the most dangerous city, but the most innovative, the most resilient, and an example in planning projects that generate equality. This transformation is the reason Medellin became the host city of the Seventh World Urban Forum, […]

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March 25 2014

Bike Lanes are Far From Over: Cycling the City in Colombia

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

As I’m writing this on a typical Colombian Sunday, the famous opinion magazine Semana published an article about the political rebirth of the former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa. In this article the magazine exposes that it is not political ideology or interests that makes Peñalosa popular (and a strong contender of the coming presidential elections […]

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March 11 2014

Is the Work of Colombian Architect Rogelio Salmona Destined to Ruins?

March 11th, 2014Posted by 

Rogelio Salmona is recognized as one of the most important architects of Latin America. For over fifty years, his works and thoughts guided the formation of hundreds of architects who find in them an expression that is both in tune with contemporary trends and traditional sensibilities, with the cultural characteristics of the place in which […]

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February 25 2014

Street Furniture in Bogotá: Changing the City from the Bus Stops

February 25th, 2014Posted by 

‘Street furniture’ or mobiliario urbano as we call it in Colombia, comprises all the objects that form the landscape of a city and are installed in the public space: Benches, railings, lamp-posts, fences and bus stops – in general, elements created with the common purpose of serving citizens. In that spirit, modern street furniture isn’t conceived, designed, […]

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February 11 2014

Urban Tunnels in Colombia: Cali’s “Big Dig”

February 11th, 2014Posted by 

Recently, Cali’s mayor Rodrigo Guerrero inaugurated the longest urban tunnel in Colombia, whose main goal is to solve traffic jams in a vast zone of its city center. The Avenida Colombia tunnel is just the beginning of a long-overdue transformation that this Colombian city needed. Like the Bostonian “Big Dig,” it was a project full […]

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January 28 2014

Large Venue Events Spur Controversy in Buenos Aires

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most appealing facets of Buenos Aires is the variety of cultural offerings that the city enjoys: concerts by international artists, museums, theatre, musicals, sport matches, jazz festivals, you name it. However, there is something curious about the built environment in which those activities take place. In most of Latin America, spaces for […]

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January 14 2014

The Invisible Rivers Under Buenos Aires

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

In his recently published book, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Inundable, or Buenos Aires, A Flooding City, biologist Antonio Brailovsky exposes a vivid reality of the urban situation of Buenos Aires, a city imposed onto nature. As exposed in a previous post, Buenos Aires has a complicated relationship with the environment that surrounds it; the city is […]

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December 31 2013

Farewell Cars! Buenos Aires’ Highways to Undergo Transformations

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

For many years the symbol of progress for many cities in Latin America were highways, enormous corridors of concrete designed to meet the needs of sprawling metropolitan areas that followed the American model of car dependent communities. These autopistas were designed to promote urban expansion and the real estate speculation that comes along with it, […]

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December 17 2013

The Transformation of Conflict: Urban Displacement in Colombia

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

In previous posts I’ve discussed the situation of Colombian cities and a country that after decades of conflict is finally witnessing a resolution to its problems. And for the first time in years, has started talking about a future of development and welfare for all its citizens. However, many problems can’t be ignored with a […]

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December 03 2013

Colombia, the Country of Sweet Coffee, is Becoming the Country of Great Cities

December 3rd, 2013Posted by 

In Colombia, since the beginning of the twentieth century, when one spoke about moving to la gran ciudad (“the great city”), one always referred to Bogotá. This process of migration was historically viewed as a last resort: in a country rich in natural resources, moving to the city was considered a treason to the national […]

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November 19 2013

How Cali, Colombia Learned from Bogotá’s and Medellín’s Mistakes

November 19th, 2013Posted by 

In previous posts I have written about two cities in Colombia that have experienced tremendous changes and have excellent perspectives for a promising future in the context of the new development of Colombia. Time Magazine has coined this the ‘Colombian Comeback.’ But yet another city in Colombia is taking part in this comeback, and it has […]

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November 05 2013

The New Face of Buenos Aires’ Palermo District: SoHo, Hollywood & More

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

Promoted by the ANSeS, the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina, and organized by the Central Society of Architects, what will emerge from the recent contest to redevelop a former railroad installation located in the Palermo district? Not long ago, the Palermo district ended at the Juan B. Justo Avenue, a virtual boundary reinforced by a brick viaduct […]

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