The Design Observer Group


Posted 09.16.13


University of Maryland

Conflict and Convergence Symposium




Manifestations of social, ecologic, and economic struggles are particularly evident in the urban realm. Many Latin American cities, with their constantly changing ideological, political, and economic conditions have become prime examples of this condition. Recent spatial practices and interventions, focused especially on the region’s urban informal settlements, can serve as models to understand the forces that shape urban built environments and seek common ground for development.

Conflict and Convergence Symposium: Urban Informality in Latin America will take place at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, on October 4–5. The symposium aims to explore how recent experiences in cities such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others, can serve as examples for multidisciplinary models of urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world. The symposium brings together participants representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and seeks to generate a conversation between professionals and academics to analyze the goals, methods, achievements and opportunities in Latin America.

Speakers include Alfredo Brillembourg, Jorge Mario Jáuregui, Felipe Hernández, Fernando Luiz Lara,Jorge Pérez Jaramillo and Anna Wellenstein.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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