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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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October 22 2013

The Expanding Bourgeois: Gentrification in Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 22nd, 2013Posted by 

The term ‘gentrification’ has been defined as a process of urban transformation in which the original population of a marginalized and poor neighborhood or area is progressively displaced by another with a higher income level in a process of profound social change. In Spanish, this process is translated as ‘aburguesamiento,’ whose root is the Spanish equivalent of […]

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October 08 2013

Medellin: How Transportation & Innovation Have Given This Failing City A Chance

October 8th, 2013Posted by 

Colombia has enjoyed many substantial transformations during the past decade: from an almost failed state with countless problems of drug dealing and guerrilla warfare to a nation on the path to becoming a developed country, future member of OECD and NATO. To use the words Time magazine recently published, this has truly been a “Colombian […]

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September 24 2013

Bogotá: Social Transformation by Improving Transportation?

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Siemens and C40, the cities Climate Leadership Group, recently announced the ten winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards, which are given to different cities around the world that demonstrate “excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.” For me it wasn’t a surprise that Bogotá, Colombia won the award […]

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September 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

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August 27 2013

Argentina’s Adoption of America’s LEED Certified Buildings Program

August 27th, 2013Posted by 

The Madero Office Center, built by famous Argentinian developer RAGHSA, is the first building in Argentina pre-certified as a LEED Silver Green Building. At almost 63,000 square meters, the Madero Center has twenty-six office floors, along with one floor dedicated entirely to technological support for the building. The project was designed by Mario Roberto Álvarez & […]

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August 13 2013

Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture

August 13th, 2013Posted by 

Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez. To reconcile the social utility of architecture with its contemporary and vanguardist production is […]

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July 30 2013

“The Architecture of Happiness” by Alain de Botton

July 30th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years the process of studying architecture and planning has changed substantially. More and more architectural schools (including my own in Argentina) have shifted from a theoretical education, oriented towards the history, philosophy and mathematics of architecture, into a more practical studio-based style of education that, sadly enough, excludes this theoretical approach to the field, […]

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July 16 2013

Challenging Hierarchies: The Architecture of the National University of San Martín

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

Pierced, horizontal and without spatial hierarchies, the new building on the campus of the National University of San Martín is proposing a new research centre, with spaces that emphasize group work for scientists and academics. The architecture of the Dr. Rodolfo Ugalde Biotechnology Research Institute is unique on the campus, as it proposes an innovative concept for […]

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