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February 05 2013

The “Comuna 13″ Project: Solutions From and For the Neighborhood

February 5th, 2013Posted by 

Like many cities in Latin America, Buenos Aires has many barrios so different between them that on some occasions there appear to be small cities inside a city. Acknowledging this historical fact, and in an effort to de-centralize the functions of the City Government in this divergent city, the system of comunas was established. This […]

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January 22 2013

CityCamp Buenos Aires: Gov 2.0 Goes Argentinean

January 22nd, 2013Posted by 

CityCamp events are considered by many urban enthusiasts around the world as one of the best opportunities to meet different actors that work for the improvement of urban space. CityCamp evolved from its Buenos Aires edition into a larger, open-sourced community focused on promoting an exchange of experiences and establishing guidelines for coordinated work between […]

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January 08 2013

Megaciudades Buenos Aires 2012: Clear Ideas for a Renewed Interest in Urban Planning

January 8th, 2013Posted by 

The main slogan for this past August 29, 2012 event was “Towards the Buenos Aires of 2030;” and for now Megaciudades is the most important conference regarding Urban Planning and Sustainability taking place in the city on an annual basis. In its third year, the event was organized by the German-Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, […]

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December 25 2012

A New Transit Authority for Greater Buenos Aires

December 25th, 2012Posted by 

During the 1990’s, and this past decade, the urban sprawl of Greater Buenos Aires has responded diligently to the (worst) example of North American cities, making the expansion and low density of Los Angeles, just a mere competitor in the race for urban sprawl. Considering the rapid expansion experienced by the city the question is […]

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December 11 2012

Review of “Writing About Architecture, Chapter 2: What Should a Museum Be?”

December 11th, 2012Posted by 

Museums have recently become a hallmark topic in the teaching of architecture, as many architecture schools tend to include several museum projects in their design studio curricula, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone since we live in an age of the museum as a paradigmatic architectural and cultural enterprise. With the increasing popularity of critical writing, […]

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November 27 2012

Buenos Aires Verde: We May Be the Last City in the World to Classify Waste and Recyclables

November 27th, 2012Posted by 

During the year 2012 an unprecedented effort took place in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. For the first time a resource management and disposal plan, oriented towards sustainability, was created to change this South American city; the equivalent of the “Greening” process that many Latin American cities have been developing in the past two […]

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November 13 2012

Buenos Aires’ Bus Rapid Transit and Real Estate Appraisal: Transit and Gentrification in a Latin American City

November 13th, 2012Posted by 

Urban Planning interventions on a grand scale are the most noticeable way of changing the face of a city and the quality of living for its inhabitants. Not policies, though urban planning depends greatly on politics. Nor the internal economics of the city, however influential. The Urban Design ventures are the ones that change the […]

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October 30 2012

Just One Way for a Bus Rapid Transit System in Buenos Aires?

October 30th, 2012Posted by 

Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina is a massive metropolis of 14-million people, whose active population commutes, by the millions, daily, towards the main federal district from distances of 53 kms. (approximately 26-miles), mainly using the massive and 24-hour public transportation system of “Colectivos” with rates from 23-cents to $1.20. Impressive, huh? This may sound like a […]

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