Our role in regenerating cities

Relevant. We need to learn from experiences of other cities in the Global South!

{FAVEL issues}

There is a group of guidelines being proposed for legacy cities in North America. Referring to cities that have experienced population/jobs loss over decades, developed around big industrial centers which no longer exist, economic weight shifted to new areas.

Mall and Office buildings used as emergency dwellings
Mall used as refuge for 3000 persons and Torre de David office center turned into vertical favela

Cities in Venezuela differ a lot from legacy cities up North, but we certainly share their downward spiral and the challenges to reverse the forces contributing to it. The housing markets fall short of housing needs and marginal areas are main parts of the city, so it is hard to find vacant lots or properties. On the contrary, unfinished buildings are taken by the homeless very frequently even when built for totally different purposes.

While developed world measures sustainability in their urban centers from every possible angle: carbon print, walkability, productivity, educational levels, etc…

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I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on November 22, 2013, in Urban Planning & Policy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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