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IS THE UNDERGROUND A CONCEPT OF THE PAST? THE BRAZILIAN URBAN PLANNER JAIME LERNER CERTAINLY THINKS SO

By Ares Kalandides In an interview for the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo – the Brazilian architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner, three times mayor of Curitiba and former governor of the State of Parana, Brazil – talked about cities and … Continue reading

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Bogotá – the Decades of Transformation*

by Ares Kalandides When, in 2012 UNESCO decided to include Bogotá in the network of creative cities, the surprise was huge: the city of drugs and kidnapping, of violence and of civil war, a “creative city”? Yes, it is hard … Continue reading

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Guest Article: Slum Tourism and City Branding in Medellin

by Jaime Hernandez-Garcia* Since the 1990s the second biggest city of Colombia, Medellin, is undertaking programmes and projects in informal settlements, to try integrate them both physically and socially to the urban fabric. Public space upgrade and community services such … Continue reading

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Culture as a city development tool: Barranquilla, Colombia, American Capital of Culture 2013

by Claudia Rojas Last week while surfing the web, I found out that Barranquilla, Colombia, was selected “American’s Capital of Culture 2013”. For those who keep track of the cultural move in the Caribbean, I guess the award was not … Continue reading

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BiblioRed: Books and Urban Development in Bogotá, Colombia

by Ares Kalandides The first time I visited the public library Virgilio Barco was in 2008. At the time, I knew little about Bogotá and nothing about Colombian architects. What surprised me was not only the architecture, an open building … Continue reading

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