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Archinect : Features : Archinect Op-Ed: Big Bangs, Slums, and Suburbia
"In the meantime, to get a feel for what this fascination with messiness means, consider the example of an ongoing project in Medellín, Colombia – begun by the city’s former mayor, Sergio Fajardo. Facing urban poverty and crime in the enormous slums around his city, the mayor chose to ignore the possibility of Big Bang renovation. Instead he decided to invest money and energy in the erection of precious cultural infrastructure in the very middle of the poorest parts of his home. Beautiful modern libraries, schools, and cable cars now connect the slums to the rest of Medellín; but what is most interesting is that his additions are not walled off from the existing urban landscape."
urban  urbanism  slums  poverty  cities  planning  urbanplanning  medellin  colombia  sergiofajardo  infrastructure  culture  crime  development  culturalinfrastructure  medellín 
march 2009 by robertogreco

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