I have organized my itinerary by regions, identifying 12 primary sites and a number secondary sites. The bulk of my research will take place in Latin America where some of the most interesting efforts addressing the favela have taken place. Asia and Africa will serve as points of comparison and variants in the favelic chic paradigm. Europe holds a series of secondary sites where specific projects dealing with the rehabilitation of depressed neighborhoods will contribute as precedents of innovative solutions that can be potentially adapted to the favela.
First leg: 3 -1/2 months; close to 110 days
Focus: LATIN AMERICA
Today, some of the most interesting efforts to improve informal cities are occurring in Latin America, where the growing economies, decentralization, and democratization processes have allowed stronger local autonomy in urban development projects, as well as a clear emphasis in reflecting citizen rights through city form and its new physical manifestations.
SITES: Guayaquil, Medellin, Caracas, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago> equaling a total of 7 cities + secondary stops along the way
FIRST STOP: Guayaquil, Ecuador… stay tuned!