[-empyre-] Resilient Latin America: Reconnecting Urban Policyand the Collective's Imagination

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 23:52:09 EST 2012

Thank you Alejandro for an interesting text! And Brian and Teddy!
After reading all those posts regarding the city and it's possibilities and
challenges I was thinking about the origin of the cities. Who made the
cities and for whom the cities were built? I think I need to go to Diegos
rich text to reflect further about settlers versus nomadic. The Greek built
cities to protect themselves from pirates and robbers, the state was born
from these cities or settlements. The cities organized (and still does) the
people's dwellings and workplaces to facilitate the conmuting between
workplace and house, the idea of Owen's falansterium (it was Alicia Migdal
who put my thought in this direction, thanks for it), a development of the
cloister as unity of production is precisely to avoid or make unnecessary
those movements.
People should sleep, eat and work in the same place. I has lived in Sweden
for almost whole my adult life, the housing in Sweden is related to the
working places and the collective transport and the motorways are grided to
make conmuting easy and fast.
The idea is to tailor the city to working people, giving them leisure when
they are free and using them as consumers.
The housing for the poor is always conditioned to the needs of the rich (it
means the security issues of the rich make them unconfortable, the poor
hount them, they can be robbed or assaulted by them, people downtown Rio de
Janeiro say: "we are not safe if the people living in favelas (around the
hills) come down."
How can we make a city with urban planning for all and not only for the
rich and wealthy?


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