Radical Cities : Across Latin America In Search of a New Architecture
Ever since the dream of modernist utopia went to Latin America to die, the continent has been a testing ground for exciting new conceptions of the city. This book travels the continent in search of activist architects, maverick politicians, alternative communities. An architect in Chile has designed a form of social housing allowing the owners to adapt the rest; Medillín, formerly the world’s murder capital, has been transformed with innovative public architecture; squatters in Caracas have taken over the forty-five-storey Torre David skyscraper; and Rio is on a mission to incorporate its favelas into the rest of the city. Here, in the most urbanized continent on the planet, extreme cities have bred sprawling slums. Today, idealists are performing bold experiments that the rest of the world may learn from. From Brazil to Venezuela, Mexico to Argentina, discover people and ideas shaping the evolution of cities.
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