In this talk, Lorena Zárate, historian and president of Habitat International Coalition, reviews the urban movements and struggles that have shaped Mexico City’s political agendas and public policies, in particular those related to housing, public space, and mobility. In 2017, Mexico City adopted its own constitution, which is one of the first in the world to incorporate its inhabitants’ “Right to the City.” Zárate assesses the city’s achievements and challenges, as well as the lessons that other cities can learn from Mexico City’s 2016 New Urban Agenda.
This panel will consider cutting-edge urban initiatives in various Latin American cities, and the two paths they suggest to neighborhood revitalization through urban design. One is the vision of elected officials such as mayors, and the other emerges from grassroots activism. Cities like Medellin, Caracas, and Mexico City have been at the forefront of new initiatives in formerly underserved communities. A discussion of these projects will serve as a base for future choices Miami could consider.
Panelists: Alejandro Haiek (LAB PRO FAB, Venezuela), Jorge Pérez Jaramillo (Santo Tomás University, Medellin, Colombia), Lorena Zárate (Hábitat International Coalition)
Medellin: A City for Public Life,
Lecture by Jorge Pérez Jaramillo (Universidad de Santo Tomás, Medellin, Colombia)
Seen as an urban failure, Medellin was once plagued by violence and terrorism, deep social fractures, economic crisis, and a breakdown of democracy and the rule of law. Yet today the city stands as an inspiring example of overcoming urban ills. Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, Medellin’s former director of urban planning, offers a critical analysis of Medellin’s profound urban changes from the 1980 crisis until today, detailing the collective processes that, through strategic planning, led to increased local democracy, equity, and human development.
Jorge PEREZ-JARAMILLO is the Dean of the Santo Tomás University’ Faculty of Architecture and the former Chief Planner of the city of Medellín (2012-15), and deputy chief planner of the Medellin Metropolitan Area (2004-2008). Thanks to his work, the city was recognized as the Most Innovative City 2012 WSJ Citi ULI, Special Mention Lee Kwan Yew Prize 2014 Singapore, 100 Resilient Cities Rockefeller Foundation, and other many awards for its innovative initiatives. In 2017, he was Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge University King´s College, in the UK. He is currently writing a book on Medellín’s urban evolution.
Award-winning Venezuelan architect Alejandro Haiek co-founded LAB.PRO.FAB (Project and Fabrication Laboratory) in the early 2000s to address social, political, and environmental issues through a collaborative architectural practice. Working outside official channels in the slums of Caracas, he has initiated bottom-up, community-based projects and built unconventional structures that encourage social diversity, community empowerment, cultural activism, and sustainability. This presentation will focus on two of LAB.PRO.FAB’s innovative and subversive projects that reimagine relations between public landscapes, post-industrial ecologies, and political networks.
Choreographer, drag queen and LA-based activist Jay Jackson (2007 Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) premieres a new immersive dance theater work exploring non-binary identity and the gradient on which gender exists in contemporary society. Created during Jackson’s three-week residency at YoungArts, this original work will use text, vocal compositions, set design and choreography to create interactive spaces and moments for personal and group reflection in the iconic YoungArts Jewel Box.
Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000’s, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015’s Kintsugi. Their ninth studio album is released later this year. See them live at the Fillmore Miami Beach with special guests CHARLY BLISS. Tickets are available at http://www.fillmoremb.com//EventDetail?tmeventid=0D00549AB320C3D7&offerid=0
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