Urban Latin America explores the relationship between images, words and the built environment using an engaging variety of methods and sources, with a timely emphasis on comparative studies. The book brings together scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical affiliations who critically approach urban experiences through visual accounts, texts and architectural elements. The reader is introduced to major theories, secondary sources and empirical references that have not been written about in English. Film and photography, fictional and historical writings, particular buildings and landmarks – all inspire fascinating glimpses into different moments in the biography of cities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Introduction Part 1: Images 1. On the Everyday History of Pedestrians’ Bodies in São Paulo’s Downtown Amid Metropolization (1950-2000) Fraya Frehse 2. Antinomic-complementary Landscapes: The Beach and the Favela in Early-twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro Julia O’Donnell and Bianca Freire-Medeiros 3. Caracas and Mérida, Venezuela: Coloniality, Space, and Gender in the Film Azul y no tan rosa Leo Name 4. A Loud Cinematic City: Recife’s Motion Condition in Neighbouring Sounds Maria Helena B. V. da Costa Part 2: Words 5. Homo Porteñicus: The Police and Urban Identity in Buenos Aires Lila Caimari 6. Sport Urbanization and Modernization of Public Habits. Santiago during the First Year of Los Sports Magazine (1923) Rodrigo Millan Valdes Part 3: Flows 7. The Portable Jazz Age: Josephine Baker’s 1929 Tour of South American Cities Jason Borge 8. From Planned City to a Pulverized Metropolis: The Popular-informal Scene in Brasilia Edson Farias and Bruno Couto 9. Ways of Dwelling: Location, Daily Mobility and Segregated Circuits in the Urban Experience of the Modern Landscape of La Plata (Argentina) Ramiro Segura Part 4: Built Environment 10. The Walled Havana: Walls, Urban Space and Slavery in Havana (1762-1812) Ynaê Lopes dos Santos 11. Eradicating Blackness from the Ideal City: Urbanization, Global Spectacle, and Brazil's Centenary Lorraine Leu 12. From Unregulated Growth to Planned City: The Bosque Calderón Tejada Neighborhood, Bogotá 1935 - 1940 Germán R. Mejía-Pavony 13. Scratching Space. Memoryscapes, Violence and Everydaylife in Mexico City and Buenos Aires Anne Huffschmid Index