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Uncertain Regional Urbanism in Venezuela
Government, Infrastructure and Environment

ISBN 9780367510787
Published November 3, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Uncertain Regional Urbanism in Venezuela explores the changes cities face when they become metropolises, forming expanding regions which create both potential and problems within settlements. To do so, it focuses on three metropolitan areas located in Venezuela’s Center-North region: Caracas, Maracay and Valencia, designated as "Camava."

Considering three core topics, government and territorial administration, infrastructure and environment, as well as looking at the reciprocal impact, this book describes and analyzes the determinant variables that characterize the phenomenon of regional urbanization in this area and in the wider Global South. It includes documentary research, semi-structured interviews and Delphi methodology, involving a total of forty experts from different disciplines to build a comprehensive outlook on the situation.

This book presents a broader understanding of the region to encourage a more sustainable and knowledge-based development plan, moving away from the exploitation of natural resources, with six future-oriented scenarios to consider. This is a much-needed study in the urban regions of Venezuela, which will be of interest to academics and researchers in Latin American studies, the Global South, architecture and planning.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Mapping the complexity of a poorly studied case

The urban region Caracas-Maracay-Valencia

Three attempts to deny the reality

A compound perspective to approach a complex case

Knowledge and foresight

The difficulties to investigate in Venezuela nowadays

Strategies to operate in a harsh context

Chapter 2. The formation of the main urban region of Venezuela

Camava definitions: what has been said

Strategic position, natural conditions and sea proximity

First concentration, centuries of an archipelago country

Second concentration, from one caudillo to another

Third concentration, more than ever

Chapter 3. Three factors to understand a harsh reality

Recently dead metropolitan government

Once decent infrastructure

No place for nature

Nothing less, nothing more, just Camava

Chapter 4. Agreement on the complex future

Not-so-uncertain Delphi results

Incoming transversal conditions

Chapter 5. Camava’s future expectation

Five scenarios for Camava

Looking through the scenarios

Chapter 6. Synthesizing strengths and weaknesses

A more honest future

Final thoughts

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Fabio Capra Ribeiro is Associate Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is a practicing architect, with a Master’s degree in Science in Architectural Design and a PhD in Urbanism and fifteen years working on social, spatial, and environmental justice, particularly in the degradation of the contemporary city through the study of integration spaces and boundary conditions. His website address is www.capraribeiro.com.