Using case studies, this workshop will shed a light on how Latin American cities have approached the design of public space, keeping in mind heritage and the historic fabric as well as concerns of sustainability and social equity. Marwin Victoria will present a participative public space design project in Neiva City in south central Colombia, while Javier Miranda will present a redesign project in the historical downtown of Trujillo, in coastal northwestern Peru. Bringing their work in context for an Indian audience, Elkin Vargas will discuss new paradigms and strategies to improve International Cooperation among countries in Global South. This workshop is an opportunity for urban researchers and practitioners to learn from the experiences in Latin America relating to the redesign of public spaces, and participate in a discussion focused on comparative research and collaborative interventions.
Elkin Vargas heads Global Cooperation at Buro DAP LATAM and also consults with the UN Habitat. He is an architect and urbanist with an interest in promoting sustainable development through strategic and inclusive management and participative planning processes.
Marwin Victoria is an architect and currently Head of Office of Special Projects, State of Huila in Colombia. He is also a researcher at the Universidad de Los Andes.
Javier Miranda is an architect and engineer with a PhD in Environmental Sciences, specialised in Urban Development and Scientific Research from the University of Salmanca. Spain. He is Professor of Architecture at the Universidad Antenor Orrego in Perú.
BURO DAP is a planning, architecture and design consultancy collaborative with offices in New York, Bogota and Ahmedabad. The firm has widely engaged in project consultancy, capacity building and research work in South America, South East Asia and South Asia in collaboration with local partners.
The session will be moderated by Mukta Naik, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi
The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has been one of India’s leading public policy think tanks since 1973. The Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to the production of high quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the structures and processes that shape life in India.