South America Project Symposium and Network Launch at GSDOct 12, 2011
“The South America Project (SAP): Hinterland Urbanisms” symposium took place at Harvard’s GSD on October 7th and 8th. The event marked the launch of an applied research and design network that examines the space of design within recent resource extraction and continental integration policies in South America.
Directed and curated by Felipe Correa, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, and Ana Maria Duran (Loeb Fellow ’11) the symposium framed the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) as a point of departure for an ample discussion regarding the diverse models of urbanism that emerge at the intersection of resource extraction and continental integration (primarily through mobility corridors). The symposium brought together a large number of architects, landscape architects, urbanists and urban historians in order to instigate a discussion regarding these nascent spaces of urbanization, with the objective to shed light on alternative physical, operative and experiential identities for the South American hinterland and search for models of urbanization that go beyond purely utilitarian resource extraction and the deployment of mono-functional infrastructure.
The symposium also marked the launch of the SAP research network, a two-year transnational platform that through specific case studies and project proposals will examine how a spatial synthesis best afforded by design can provide alternative physical and experiential parameters to the current spatial transformations reshaping the South American Hinterland.
Additional information regarding SAP can be found at:
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies at Harvard University
Photo credits: Paola Aguirre (top), Justin Knight