1st Edition

Urban Planning for Social Justice in Latin America

By Camilo Espitia Copyright 2023
    148 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 identifying 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 careers in search of social change.

    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



    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.