Resilient Peripheries: Rethinking Peripheral Urbanization in a Changing Climate Across Latin America and Spain


Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10:00am to 12:30pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St. and over Zoom (Registration Required)

The urban periphery is a contested concept with diverse definitions, scales and manifestations across Latin America and Spain. It can refer to the space where rapid urbanization takes place, at times outside of planning and regulatory systems. These areas often become the spaces where displaced populations, such as climate refugees establish. Urban peripheries can also be the domain for public and private developments that expand the city, often in a carcentered approach rather than through public infrastructure systems. At the same time, these intermediate landscapes are a ground of opportunities when responding to the climate crisis. The proximity of these areas to natural resources provides opportunities to reestablish ecological connections with their regional watersheds and surrounding ecosytems. Available land can also provide opportunities to bring nature into the city, strengthening these ecological and biodiversity interlinkages. Additionally, the lack of the rigid regulatory constraints of the central areas can foster new types of sustainable and inclusive public infrastructure in support of the needs of diverse communities. This conference aims to gather public officers, international development experts, designers, academics, and students, who are working across Latin America and Spain dealing with these climate change challenges and opportunities in the Urban Peripheries. Strategies dealing with how to go from policy to action across different governance scales and how to design for both ecological and social processes are topics that will be discussed and compared across cities.


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Speakers: Andrew Rudd (UN-Habitat); Smita Rawoot (World Resources Institute); Alejandro Echeverri (Center for Urban and Environmental Studies, EAFIT); Adriana Chavez (Oficina de Resiliencia Urbana) Belinda Tato (Ecosistema Urbano); Loreta Castro (Taller Capital).

Sponsors: RCC; Climate Leaders Program for Professionals Students at Harvard; Spain GSD;