Unveiling Latin American territories; The Travesías of the Valparaíso School as a critical practice of the planetary urbanization

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TítuloUnveiling Latin American territories; The Travesías of the Valparaíso School as a critical practice of the planetary urbanization
AutorÁlvaro Mercado
Tipo de PublicaciónActa de Seminario, Ponencia, Proceeding
EdiciónU&U Ghent: On reproduction, Re-Imagining the Political Ecology of Urbanism
CiudadGhent, Bélgica
Palabras Claveplanetary urbanization, leftover territories, critical practice, Travesías
Área de InvestigaciónExtensión, Ciudad y Habitabilidad
LíneaCiudad y Extensión
Carreras RelacionadasArquitectura, Ciudad y Territorio
Nota[[Nota::El artículo forma parte del proceeding book del seminario: U&U - 9th International PhD Seminar in Urbanism and Urbanization, realizado entre el 7-9 de Febrero, 2018. Organizado por el Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University."The seminar seeks to bring together students writing their PhD thesis in urbanism, working within very different disciplinary traditions, combining historical research, design research and different forms of urban research.[…]The seminar welcomes all PhD students working in this mixed field. The call for papers of each edition foregrounds a set of themes that will be given special attention. We invite students to respond to these thematic lines, however, papers addressing other themes and concerns will also be taken into consideration. Each period of urbanization comes with its urbanisms. At times these are clearly defined and constitute distinct paradigms that fill handbooks, structure curricula and form schools. At other times they are contested and subject of vigorous debate. Today, urbanism is a field in flux, forced to engage in new urban questions and address pressing social and ecological concerns. As a direct result the contemporary list of epithets qualifying the notion urbanism has become virtually endless."]]


The contemporary planetary urbanization is a phenomenon predicted by Henri Lefebvre, in La Révolution urbaine of 1970, which is a major contribution to the radical critique of the postwar urbanization emerged during the 60’s. Nowadays, through this theoretical approach, geographer, and landscape-architects have developed new critical description of the urbanization beyond the traditional city. Together, providing new approaches about landscape and territory, allowing us to pay special attention to the production of leftover territories result of this extended urbanization. Against this background, in Latin America, the theoretical discussion and design approaches are still emerging. Nonetheless, this research aims to state that, parallel to the development of the critical theory from the sixties and until today, The Valparaíso School of Chile through the critical practice of The Travesías has treated the problem of unveiling the Latin American territories surpassing the cities, centered specifically on the leftovers lands produced by the historical and planetary urbanization.