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Latin Lab News

Critical Latino Urbanism: How Latinos and Latino Studies Are Transforming Contemporary Cities

March 6, 2014

Clara Irazábal discusses her new book Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)here.

Christopher Alley in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Christopher Alley presented “Favela fortified? Public health, public security and statized spaces of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” from. This presentation explored how the presence of military forces in Rio's favelas paves the way for neoliberal logics to inform public health practices.

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2pm at 504 Avery Hall

Collaboration Is The Name Of The Game: Developing The Post-2015 Agenda

December 10, 2013

Clara Irazabal interviewed Dr. Jon Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat at the Habitat University Network Initiative’s Dialogue on “Working Together to Achieve Sustainable Urbanization.”


Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers Edited By Clara Irazabal Has Been Published

September, 2013

This book examines transborder Latin American sociocultural and spatial conditions across the globe and at different scales, from gendered and racialized individuals to national and transnational organizations. Gathering scholars from the "spatial sciences"—architecture, urban design, urban planning, and geography—as well as sociology, anthropology, history, and economics, the volume explores these transbordering practices of place making and community building across cultural and nation-state borders, examining different agents (individuals, ethnic and cultural groups, NGOs, government agencies) that are engaged in transnational/transborder living and city-making practices, reconceiving notions of state, identity, and citizenship and showing how subjected populations resist, adapt, or coproduce transnational/transborder projects and, in the process, help shape and are shaped as transborder subjects.

José Manuel Almodóvar in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday 16, September

José Manuel Almodóvar, from the University of Seville, is presenting “Shape, Culture & Environment. A Lesson of Sustainability from the Latin American Architectural Heritage” as part of our ongoing LBS series.

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall

Elio Trusiani in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday 9, September

As Part of the LBS Series, Elio Trusiani, from the Universitá di Roma Sapienza, is presenting “Open Spaces and the Informality City: The Case of Portoalegre.”

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall

Andrea Marpillero-Colomina in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday 15, April

As Part of the LBS Series, Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, presented “Sustaining Mobility: A Look at Bus Rapid Transit and the Role of Local Politics in Bogotá.”

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall

Tobias Benedikt Franz in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday 1, April

Tobias Benedikt Franz (University of Glasgow) is joining us this week to present  “Financial and Spatial Exclusion in Urban Colombia and Latin America.”

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall

CEUT in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Thursday 28, March

Rodrigo Salcedo, Tomás Arrázuriz, Claudia Concha, Alejandra Rasse, and Francisco Letelier from Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales in Chile participated in our Latin Lab Brown Bag Series. In the panel entitled “Urban or Rural?” our guests presented ideas on rethinking territories, discourses and practices outside the Metropolis.

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall

RETHINKING THE CITY OUTSKIRTS OF MEDELLIN: ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF INTERVENTION

March 18, 2013

GSAPP students of Medellin, Colombia's Planning Studio will be making presentations on case studies of barrio rehabilitation and growth management at an International Symposium in Medellin, March 18, 2013.

Chile at Columbia

March 29, 2013

Chile at Columbia is an initiative led by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) Latin Lab at Columbia University that discusses, in several formats, the state of contemporary cities in the southern country by addressing the
question: Who takes care of Chilean cities?

This project aims to raise questions and skip external, often patronizing understandings of Chilean practices. To do so, Chile at Columbia invited Chilean scholars who–closely in touch with both national practices and international debates in the fields of Architecture, Public Space, and Urban Projects–are uniquely positioned to initiate a critical conversation.

Distinguished Chilean scholars Luis Eduardo Bresciani, Romy Hecht, and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce selected three projects to represent each of the aforementioned categories in the Exhibition “Who takes care of Chilean cities? Answers form Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects,” to be held at 100 Avery Hall, Columbia University. This show will inform the Conference “ASSESS: Who takes care of Chilean cities? A discussion about Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects,” where renowned US based scholars Saskia Sassen, Stan Allen, and Iñaki Ábalos will assess the topics and works presented by their Chilean peers, opening up a further discussion moderated by GSAPP faculty Clara Irazábal, Galia Solomonoff, and Enrique Walker.

The Conference, to be held on March 29th 2013 at Columbia University’s Wood Auditorium of Avery Hall, will be followed by the opening reception of the Exhibition. These events are co-sponsored by GSAPP, the Institute for Latin-American Studies (ILAS), Columbia’s Global Center in Chile, the Chilean Council of Culture and Arts, the Embassy of Chile in the US, and the Chilean Consulate in NYC.

Megaprojects/events and International Studios

March 2, 2013

VIRGINIA TECH

Clara Irazábal delivered the lecture "Megaprojects/events and International Studios" at Virginia Tech. This presentation discussed the experience of an urban planning studio of the Master of Urban Planning Program at GSAPP. 

Interview in Pura Politica, NY Noticias about post-Sandy New York

March 1, 2013

Latin Lab director, Clara Irazábal was interviewed by Juan Manuel Benítez about post-Sandy New York and what we can learn from the Dutch.

MARIANA FIX PRESENTED: “FINANCIALIZATION OF THE HOME AND THE CITY: FROM THE UNITED STATES TO BRAZIL.

February 15, 2013

GSAPP, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

In an event co-hosted by the Latin Lab and the Buell Center, Mariana Fix talked about her PhD dissertation, on global markets and physical transformation of Brazilian urban land. At her presentation it was very interesting to see connections between the economic and the physical. Definitely a thorough analysis of the political in architecture and urban planning; we look forward to know more of her upcoming books and research!

URBAN PLANNING PROFESSOR CLARA IRAZÁBAL SPOKE AT THE PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE AND THE UNIVERSIDAD SANTIAGO DE CHILE

November 9-10, 2012

She discussed megaevents and megaprojects in the context of Rio de Janeiro and their implications for inclusionary and affordable housing. 

“DESIGNING THE GLOBAL CITY: HOUSING IN RIO DE JANEIRO.”

October 25-26, 2012

UNIVERSITY. HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MA. 

Presented by Latin Lab director Clara Irazábal at the Second annual Lemann dialogue in The United States. The Brazil Studies Program of the David Rockefeller center for Latin American studies at Harvard University, the center of Brazilian Studies at Columbia University, the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois, and The Lemann Center for Brazilian Education at Stanford.

“THE COSMOPOLITAN METROPOLIS”

October 27, 2012

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY

Clara Irazábal, Latin Lab director, participated as session chair and discussant at “The Cosmopolitan Metropolis” in the Sixth Biennial Urban History Association Conference. “Memory and Public Space in Southern California: reshaping the Cosmopolitan megapolitan.

Rio de Janeiro Urban Revitalization Planning Studio selected to represent GSAPP at the APA NY Metro Chapter Student Studio Presentations

May 4, 2012 6:00pm - 9:30pm

HUNTER COLLEGE, NEW YORK.

 “Rio de Janeiro Planning Studio: Urban Revitalization of Porto Maravilha” selected from 7 GSAPP Urban Planning studios to represent the program at the APA NY Metro Chapter Student Studio Presentations, with other Metro APA schools (NYU, Pratt, Hunter, Rutgers).

Students also presented their studio work in Rio de Janeiro and at 1 international conference (expected). See final report at: 

INTERVIEW WITH CLARA IRAZÁBAL POSTED ON INTERMEDIATE LANDSCAPES BLOG

May 3, 2012

“Muddling Through Socialist Planning in Venezuela: Reflections from Caracas’ Experiments.”

October 16, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

A presentation by Latin Lab’s director Clara Irazábal. Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2011 Conference. 

Clara Irazábal and Claudia Huerta present “Margins: LGBTQ Youth of Color” at “Jornadas de Estudios Urbanos, Género y Feminismo: Teorías y Experiencias.”

October 3-5, 2011

ESCUELA TÉCNICA SUPERIOR DE ARQUITECTURA BARCELONA, SPAIN

Clara Irazábal and Claudia Huerta present “LGBTQ Youth of Color in New York City’s West Village” poster at QuAM Art Exhibit “Coloring Outside the Lines.”

October 1-31, 2011

THE HIVE (FORMERLY ALTSCHUL ATRIUM), BARNARD COLLEGE, NEW YORK. 

Alejandro de Castro Mazarro presents “Your Brain on Commuting”

September 29, 2011

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, NEW YORK.

“MAKING SENSE OF ETHNOSCAPES AND EXPLORING THEIR PROGRESSIVE POTENTIAL” AT "MAKING CITIES: WHITHER DESIGN?" A SYMPOSIUM PRESENTED BY CLARA IRAZÁBAL

September 24, 2011

PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN, THE NEW SCHOOL, NEW YORK CITY.

“Multicultural Comfort: Place Making in/with Immigrant Communities”

September 16, 2011

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, NEW YORK.

Presented by Latin Lab’s director Clara Irazábal.

Clara Irazábal presents What Is Your Personal Ecological Footprint?

September 8, 2011

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, NEW YORK.

Clara Irazábal and Alejandro de Castro Mazarro present What’s Next? The Legacy of the Lab

August 20, 2011

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB, NEW YORK.

Climate Disruption in Latin America

June 7, 2011

UNIVERSITÄT TECHNISCHE DARMSTADT, GERMANY.

Presented by Latin Lab director Clara Irazábal.

Latino Urbanism: A Conversation with Dr. Clara Irazábal

May 6, 2011

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY WAGNER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE, NEW YORK CITY.

Sponsored by the Urban Planning Program and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS)

Clara Irazábal presents Latin America and Climate Disruption: Conditions and Prospects

May 5, 2011

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUILDING ROOM 802

Sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

“Planning Research and Education About the Middle East: Advocating for a Comparative Approach with Latin America”

April 8-9, 2011

HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT. CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSSETTS.

Presented by Clara Irazábal, Latin Lab director, at the Dubai Initiative Conference and Workshop “Urbanism in the Middle East: A Search for New Paradigms.” 

“Transnational Design and Planning: Reconfiguring Networks, Spaces, and Institutions.”

March 17, 2011

STUDIO-X RIO DE JANEIRO

presented by Latin Lab director Clara Irazábal.

Clara Irazábal presents “'Made in Venezuela’: The Invention of a Neo‐Socialist City in the Times of Neoliberal Crisis” (With Juan Carlos Rodríguez)

December 15-18, 2010

BEIRUT, LEBANON.

“The Utopia of Tradition”: 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). 

“Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation in Latin American Cities”

November 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

Presented by Clara Irazábal at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)

Clara Irazábal gives keynote address at Encuentro de Ciudades (Cátedra Luis Barragán), Ciudadanía y Espacio Público en América Latina.

October 13, 2010

TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, RECTORIA ZONA CENTRO, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Planning for Tourism in Costa Rica and Mexico

October 6-9, 2010

TORONTO, CANADA.

Presented by Clara Irazábal as part of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference.

Clara Irazábal gives keynote address at at VII Semana Internacional del Urbanismo y Medio Ambiente (SIUMA) 2010: El Derecho a la Ciudad: Ciudadanía y Espacio Público en América Latina.

September 20-24, 2010

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO.

Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño, Departamento de Proyectos Urbanísticos. 

“TRANSNATIONAL PLANNING” A PRESENTATION BY CLARA IRAZÁBAL IN THE PLANNING CONFERENCE SERIES “INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT”

July 6, 2010

UNIVERSITÄT TECHNISCHE DARMSTADT, GERMANY


LATIN LAB DIRECTOR PRESENTS “TRANSNATIONAL PLANNING” IN CONFERENCE SERIES “CITY OF THE FUTURE—FUTURE OF THE CITY.”

June 9, 2010

Vietnamese German University (VGU), University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City (USSH), and Goethe-Institut, Ho Chi Minh City. 

Clara Irazábal presents her book “Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America”

April 16, 2010

CORNELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE ART PLANNING, ITHACA, NEW YORK

Clara Irazábal interviewed by Prof. Leo Vazquez on “Transnational Latin Americanisms”

March 2, 2010

Rutgers Continuing Studies

Urban Environmental Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

January 18, 2010

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA

Presented by Clara Irazábal at the United Nations-HABITAT Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Meeting of Experts.

Corinna Hölz in Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS)

Monday 1, July

We had Corinna Hölz from the Humbolt Universität zu Berlin presenting “Urban Conflicts in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires: Actor Strategies and Effects on Local Governance,” in out summer edition of LBS.

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series (LBS) are happenings where international scholars introduce issues on Latin American and Caribbean spatial practices.  LBS is open to the public, and provides complementary lunch. LBS is organized by GSAPP’s Latin Lab and sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

Columbia University, GSAPP. 1-2 pm 412 Avery Hall