CDD Forum: Alejandro Echeverri on "Medellin: Urban Narratives in Emerging Contexts"

About the talk: Our recent experience of urban and social transformation (achieved and ongoing) that has taken place in Medellin Colombia in the last years has allowed us not only to experiment within the different disciplinary core of urbanism, architecture and landscape, but also as a way to create practical tools and scopes to deal with urban and social affairs within politics. Most of this operation has taken place in marginalized neighborhoods, with the objective of making viable a more sustainable mode of performance from a social and physical-environmental perspective.

About the speaker: Alejandro Echeverri is a Colombian architect born in Medellin. Since 2010, and as its head founder, he is the director of URBAM, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies of EAFIT University. Urbam delves into the urban, environmental and social issues of emerging developing countries, particularly those with weak political and institutional structures, and currently is involved in an ongoing collaboration projects with the Action Cities Network. He is also active in design through his studio, Alejandro Echeverri + Valencia Arquitectos, focusing on projects with low environmental impact. His work has earned the Colombian National Architectural Award SCA in 1996, the Pan-American Biennale in Urban Design Award 2008, the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2009, the 10th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design from Harvard in 2013, among others.