Urban Design Under Neoliberalism: Theorising from Santiago, Chile, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Urban Design Under Neoliberalism

Theorising from Santiago, Chile, 1st Edition

By Francisco Vergara Perucich


168 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367195748
pub: 2019-05-29
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This book discusses the status of urban design as a disciplinary field and as a practice under the current and pervasive neoliberal regime.

The main argument is that urban design has been wholly reshaped by neoliberalism. In such transformation, it becomes a discipline that has neglected its original ethos – designing good cities – aligning its theory and practice with the sole profit-oriented objectives typical of the advanced capitalist societies. The book draws on Marxist inspired scholars as a conceptual analysis on how neoliberalism influenced the emergence of urbanism and urban design. It looks at specifically how in its everyday dimensions, it is possible to find resistances and emancipation. Based on empirical evidence, archival resources and the immersion in the socio-spatial reality of Santiago de Chile, the book illustrates the way neoliberalism compromised urban designers’ ethics, practices and therefore how its theories, become instrumental to the neoliberal transformation of urban society represented in contemporary urbanisms.

It will be a valuable resource for academics and students within Architecture, Urban Studies, Sociology and Geography.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Discussing urban design and neoliberalism in Santiago

3. Spatial dialectics of Santiago’s urban land

4. Neoliberal transformation of urban space in Santiago

5. The practice of urban design in a neoliberal Santiago

6. Towards a theory of urban design under neoliberalism design

About the Author

Francisco Vergara Perucich is Doctor in Development and Planning and Master in Building and Urban Design in Development by University College London. Currently, he is a lecturer at Economics Department of Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography