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By Justin McGuirk

What makes the town of the long run? How do you heal a divided urban?

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels throughout Latin the United States looking for the activist architects, maverick politicians and substitute groups already answering those questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the folks and concepts shaping the way in which towns are evolving.

Ever because the mid 20th century, whilst the dream of modernist utopia went to Latin the United States to die, the continent has been a checking out floor for stimulating new conceptions of the town. An architect in Chile has designed a kind of social housing the place basically half the home is equipped, permitting the proprietors to evolve the remaining; Medellín, previously the world’s homicide capital, has been reworked with leading edge public structure; squatters in Caracas have taken over the forty-five-story Torre David skyscraper; and Rio is on a challenge to include its favelas into the remainder of town.

Here, within the such a lot urbanised continent on the earth, severe towns have bred severe stipulations, from gigantic housing estates to sprawling slums. yet after many years of social and political failure, a brand new iteration has revitalised structure and concrete layout which will handle power poverty and inequality. jointly, those activists, pragmatists and social idealists are acting daring experiments that the remainder of the area may possibly study from.

Radical Cities is a colourful trip via Latin America—a crucible of architectural and concrete innovation.

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