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Innovative Strategies to Transform Low Income Neighborhoods in Latin America: The Experience of Barrio 31, Buenos Aires

6:30 p.m.

The General Consulate of Argentina in New York and the Observatory on Latin America at The New School presents Design And Empowerment: Innovative Strategies to Transform Low Income Neighborhoods in Latin America - The Experience of Barrio 31, Buenos Aires.

The successful experience of empowering the community for the transformation of one of the largest and well-known shantytowns in Latin America, located in central Buenos Aires, provides new lessons about innovative urban design, inclusive participatory processes, and community management.

This case demonstrates effective public engagement by the University of Buenos Aires in addressing a major controversy of urban policy and social justice in Buenos Aires. After intensive debate, the proposed plan has recently been approved by the City Council. The experience of Barrio 31 challenges traditional approaches and categories used in addressing urban informality in the metropolis, and suggests hypotheses to guide the design and management of projects to strengthen social and spatial inclusion.

Presented by José Luis Pérez Gabilondo, Consul General of Argentina in New York with an introduction by Margarita Gutman, Director of Programs, Observatory on Latin America.

This talk will be given by:

  • Professor Arch. Javier Fernández Castro, Director "Proyecto Barrio 31"
    Instituto de la Espacialidad Humana, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires. 
  • Professor Arch. Ariel Claudio Misuraca, General Secretary, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires and co director "Proyecto Barrio 31."
With discussants by:
  • William Morrish, Dean School of Constructed Environment, Parsons The New School for Design

  • Miguel Robles, assistant professor School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design

The event will be in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation. 

For more information visit the OLA website.

Location:

Hirshon Suite, 55 W. 13th Street, 2nd floor

Admission:
Free; but RSVP to ola@newschool.edu by April 23 is required.




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