Latin Lab Research Themes
Migration and Ethno-Urbanism
The production of urban space, power, knowledge, and subjectivities in Latin America is closely intertwined with processes elsewhere. Movements of people, capital, labor, tourism, information, media, and urban design and planning ideas transcend the nations’ borders and their peoples’ collective imaginations. The Latin Lab studies the role of pull and push factors that produce migrations; the socio-spatial, cultural, and political dynamics of places of origin, destination, and in-between-ness; and the impact of their imbrication in placemaking. The Lab aims to uncover, and points to ways of promoting, spaces of hope within these fluxing practices, particularly for the ethnoracially disenfranchised.
Urban Resilience and Upgrading
Climate disruption, natural and human-made disasters, and rapid and uncontrolled development dramatically affect the social and built fabric of rural and urban settlements. Through sustainable practices, architecture and planning can contribute to promote healthier community development and reduce inequality and poverty. By analyzing alternatives such as self-managed communities, urban acupuncture, and progressive housing, among others, the Latin Lab explores ways in which economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and social equity can be mutually constituted in promoting communities’ resilience and integral rehabilitation.