Ciudades radicales. Un viaje a la arquitectura latinoamericana

Ciudades radicales. Un viaje a la arquitectura latinoamericana Este Viaje Por Lugares Extremos En Am Rica Latina Empieza En M Xico, A La Sombra De Una Inmensa Barriada De Viviendas Sociales De La D Cada De 1960, Cuando Las Colmenas De Pisos Baratos Parec An La Soluci N A La Escasez De Vivienda Sigue Visitando Las Villas Miseria De Buenos Aires, Los Cerros De Caracas, Las Favelas De R O, Las Casas Ampliables De Chile, Las Laderas De Medell N Ahora Salvadas Por El Metrocable Y Diversas Iniciativas De Vivienda Social Planteadas Con Esp Ritu Pr Ctico, Creatividad Y Una Mirada Al Futuro Desde Mediados Del Siglo XX, Cuando La Utop A Del Movimiento Moderno Se Fue A Am Rica Latina Para Morir, La Regi N Se Ha Convertido En Un Campo De Pruebas Para Las Concepciones M S Radicales De Lo Que Es Una Ciudad Aqu , En El Continente M S Urbanizado Del Planeta, Las Ciudades Extremas Han Dado Pie A Situaciones Extremas Justin McGuirk Las Ha Recorrido Y Vivido Y El Resultado Es Este Libro Radical, Imprescindible Para Interesados En La Pol Tica, El Urbanismo Y Las Maneras De Vivir En El Siglo XXI. This is a really excellent, enjoyable and accessible book examining a series of case studies of urban and architectural development throughout Latin America I was expecting this to be a academic text, but McGuirk s tone is conversational and easy to follow, as well as precise and meaningful when it branches in to critical analysis The are two main arguments that I get from this text 1 Instead of demarcating between formal and informal cities, with the latter being seen as temporary and problematic phases of urbanity that will ideally lead to formalization, we have to consider informal cities as possessing their own possibilities Informal cities demonstrate alternative forms of social, economic, and political organization rather than inherently bad ones 2 Architectural development is not an end in itself Its political value is in the way that alternative forms of urban and architectural development deploy certain organizations, politics, and communities in new configurations and by alternative and new configurations I mean against the grain of neoliberal development These are not particularly novel observations as I m sure McGuirk would acknowledge The excellence of this book is the way tha
Much gets written about the mass urbanisation happening in China and Africa, but Latin America is often strangely overlooked, even though it went through almost identical patterns half a century ago, and in some countries has over 80% of the population living in cities In the process it experimented with many different approaches, often swinging rapidly back and forth between housing as a basic human right for the government to provide, and the sometimes ideological, sometimes merely pragmatic, ideal that people by which, of course, we mean the poor , should build their own houses.In recent times, cities such as Medell n in Colombia have been internationally recognised as places that have been completely transformed in this case, from the murder capital of the world largely through architecture, and the region is full of architecture as activism projects And so McGuirk, previously editor of international architecture magazine, Icon, sets off on a tour of Latin America to find out how much the rea
This book is just rubbish.I found it by chance while looking for urban transport in South America being a brazilian myself and I don t know how to describe my disappointment.This is the kind of architecture literature that people find acceptable where slums are described as resourceful, where poverty is considered exotic and interesting, where the foreword contain anarchist quotes, and there is no mention whatsoever about objective elements of urbanism, transport, zoning, topography, history and city scape Being from Rio de Janeiro myself and knowing slums intimately, I could only laugh by reading the clich over used phrases about periphery, about crime, about police brutality, about corruption It s as if someone built their worldview through NY Times articles or stupid movies like Central do Brasil.I thought the book would have a chapter dedicated to Curitiba, the city where BRT was invented and where this urban solution can be evaluated, the very own notion of new architecture, but nothing, he just talks about Bogot in the same politized, bipolarized way he talks about Rio, and this is all you have ab
He presents some interesting ideas none of which are his own but the absolutely condescending tone he uses to describe the people he meets especially indigenous people is absolutely insufferable He also lacks so much context, his writing had a strong I ve been here for like a week and I m g
very nice architecture study book, looks at argentina, rio and the favela, caracas, and has chapter on torre david in caracas, a pirated living space, bogota, medillin, and tiajuana a disaster.medellin is of particular interest in that there is simultaneously an on going human rights disaster and some institutional action for better housing, libraries, transportation cable cars becuase really, there are no streets as such , also lima, the first chapter, looks at some very old urban renewal and how that has morphed into unique and livable housing over the decades a bit dry writing but pair this with something like witold s How Architecture Works A
SO SO SO SO GOOD.kind of inaccessible in that i don t have the architectural historical philosophical political background i mean we learned about le corbusier in high school but it was all about FORM, i don t know if we touched on his political social housing shit at ALL, thanks ap art history lol and like, my knowledge of for ex neoliberalism is really informal, and of free trade agreements and washington consensus i
An enjoyable read that s great for the layperson, urban planner architect, or those interested and or with background on spatial theories I enjoyed the case studies, and how the author wove interviews and observations with textual research and his own analysis, quoting theorists on space The book has that perfect balance between all those, making it a
What if architects, displaced citizens, and public housing authorities behaved like Jack Reacher That is, what if they were bum chucking, swift witted vigilantes hellbent on rattling the massive Latin American housing crisis
very good and also very interesting the emphasis of the book was on how to make cities equitable for the poor lots of good examples of how architects and planners, and engineers, etc can t jut create things in vacuum, and need to work with the community in order to incite social chang
While architects have been focusing on spectacular buildings they could export to China and Dubai, the real gains were to be made on a diffenrent plane entirely, at the level of infraestructure, networks and politics Designing a good building becomes a rather academic exercise when the entire system that allows that building to materialise is geared towards increasing social inequality New social and political frameworks also need designing And that s exactly what this book is trying to describe Design an architecture are moving beyond the sculpture building.I m from Colombia and I m doing postgraduate studies on urban design A teacher told us that he was happy to h