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Postgraduate Course: Latin American Cities USD (ARCH11202)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the development of Latin American cities. The approach is rooted on the understanding of urban development as a socio­spatial process. New institutionalism is introduced as the main theoretical framework for the analysis of urban interventions in these cities. Within this conceptual framework, a new political economy perspective is added to the institutionalist approach, looking not only at how politics and economics influence each other, but also at how these are mediated; by social(and cultural)institutions, and how the relations between all three of these evolve historically. Following this introduction and analytical framework, the course focuses on key themes linked to urban strategies occurring in Latin American cities: its rapid urban expansion, the redevelopment and conservation of historic centres, new expansions and regeneration processes such as those associated to waterfront and port areas, and transport and land use strategies. These key themes are discussed through the introduction of case studies.

The course is delivered through a series of lectures and seminars on the theoretical approaches, key themes and case study examples above. These are presented by the course organiser as well as invited key speakers. At mid-point during the semester students are expected to discuss in tutorial presentations their likely essay focus and choice for the assessment at the end of the course.

The course has the following aims:

To provide knowledge of contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the development of urban areas in Latin American cities.

To encourage the application of these theoretical approaches to the analysis of recent urban strategies in Latin American cities looking in particular cases of rapid urban expansion and development projects.

To enable the understanding of Latin American city case studies, to promote cross-city comparisons and engage in critical urban analyses.
Course description Week 1: Introduction
- Introduction to the Latin American city
- Trends and context of development strategies

Week 2: Analytical Framework
- Institutionalism
- New political economy

Week 3
- Urban Strategies: Rapid Expansion in Latin American Cities

Week 4
- Urban Strategies: Regeneration of Historic Centres
- New uses to historic buildings

Week 5
- Urban Strategies: New city expansions
- Waterfront developments
- Housing

Week 6: Student presentations

Week 7
- Urban Strategies: Transport and Land Use
- Strategic Planning
- Community-focused projects

Week 8
- Case Studies: Bogota

Week 9
- Case Studies: Mexico City

Week 10
- Case Studies: Santiago de Chile

Week 11
- Case Study: San Jose

Week 12: Revision week

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 35, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Presentation - 20%
Essay - 80%
Feedback Feedback will be provided following the presentation at mid-semester and during the development of the essay. Overall final marks for the essay will also include feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the contemporary theoretical approaches surrounding urban development strategies in Latin American cities.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge gained through the examples discussed in the course as a basis for inquiry into the critical analysis of a specific process of strategic development in Latin American cities.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate using appropriate methods and media, to a range of audiences, through the following activities, presentations during group seminars and the production and submission of an academic essay.
Reading List
Bachelard, G. (1964) The Poetics of Space, Orion Press, New York, NY

Carmona, M. (ed) (2003b) Globalization and City Ports: The Response of City Ports in the Southern Hemisphere (Globalization, Urban Form and Governance 10), Delft University Press, Delft, The Netherlands

Castells, M. (1996) The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell, Oxford, UK

Feireiss K., Brillienbourg A., Klumpner, H. Informal City: Caracas Case Prestel: London

Flyvbjerg, B. (1988) Empowering civil society: Habermas, Foucault and the question of conflict in M. Douglass and J. Friedmann (eds) Cities for Citizens: Planning and the Rise of Civil Society in a Global Age, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK

Giddens, A. (1984) The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK

Gilbert, A. (1994) The Latin American City, The Latin America Bureau: London

Harvey, D. (1989) Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, UK

Healey, P. (1996) The communicative turn in spatial planning theory and its implications for spatial strategy formulation, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, vol 23, pp. 217, 34

Healey, P. (1999) Institutionalist analysis, communicative planning and shaping places, Journal of Planning Education and Research, vol 19, pp. 111, 22

Healey, P. (2007) Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies: Towards a Relational Planning for Our Times, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, and New York, NY

Jenkins, P., Smith, H. and Wang, Y. P. (2007) Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World, Routledge, London and New York, NY

Madanipour, A. (1996) Design of Urban Space: An Inquiry into a Socio-Spatial Process, Wiley, Chichester, UK

Marshall, R. (ed) (2001) Waterfronts in Post-Industrial Cities, E & FN Spon Press, London and New York, NY

Muxi, Z. (2004) La Arquitectura de la Ciudad Global, Barcelona, Gustavo Gili,
Barcelona, Spain

Zukin, S. (1991) Post-modern landscapes: Mapping culture and power, in S. Lash and J. Friedman (eds) Modernity and Identity, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, UK

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsUrbanism,Urban Strategies,Urban Design,Latin America
Course organiserDr Soledad Garcia Ferrari
Tel: (0131 6)50 5689
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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