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1st Edition

Urban Planning for Social Justice in Latin America

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ISBN 9781032461359
March 22, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Urban Planning for Social Justice in Latin America explores how urban planning can be used as a tool for social equity. The book examines several Latin American cities, each with specific challenges, and explores how they have gradually overcome these difficulties through policies, planning and design, and with private/public sector coordination.

The cases include:

  • The built environment and social mobility in Bogotá,
  • Mexico City and its difficulties with water scarcity,
  • Addressing air quality and environmental justice in Lima,
  • Santiago de Chile’s energy consumption and carbon footprint,
  • Buenos Aires and the issue of urban agriculture and food security,
  • Connectivity as a social transformation device in Medellín.

The book goes beyond simply identify the challenges and explains some of the practical day-to-day planning efforts, including interviews with staff from those municipalities, illustrations, and strategies that have been successful. As a result, this book will be helpful to planners in the region, as well as outside Latin America, because it demonstrates how fruitful results can be achieved in areas typically perceived as underdeveloped

Although based on research and data, this book offers a positive perspective on the possibilities rather than the limitations, hoping to inspire new generations of planners to pursue the career in the search of social change.

Table of Contents

I. Why Latin America?

II. Bogotá: the Built Environment and Social Mobility

III. Mexico City: Infrastructure and Water for All

IV. Lima: Air Quality and Environmental Justice

V. Santiago: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

VI. Buenos Aires: Food Security and Urban Agriculture

VII. Medellin: (Digital) Connectivity for Social Transformation

VIII. The Future


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Camilo Espitia is a planner from Colombia. He has worked as an urban planner and designer in the private and public sectors in the United States and Latin America. He holds a Master’s in Engineering in Sustainable Smart Cities from University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Professional Bachelor’s in Architecture from Florida Atlantic University, and executive education from Harvard University on Urban Retail Practices.