Over the past twenty years in Colombia, progress has been made in architecture and urbanism. This has materialized in a series of programs and projects in cities such as Bogotá and Medellín and to a lesser extent Cali, Barranquilla, and Bucaramanga and has attracted the attention of academics and professionals working in the field of architecture and world urbanism. Colombia has converted into a frequent case study, and even has a city model that other countries want to emulate.
This attention has also generated critical responses that reveal characteristics which are not generally discussed in Colombia but that have made the advance of academic discourse possible as well as the practices that have allowed important and influential projects to be undertaken.
Such projects include the Metrocable in Medellín, the TransMillenio in Bogotá, and the numerous parks and libraries that have been constructed throughout the whole country due to the success achieved in the two main cities.
This edition of dearq entitled Colombia from Abroad aims to present critical articles on architecture and urbanism in Colombia as viewed by those who study Colombia but live, practice, and research in other countries. The purpose is to provide a series of papers that present an alternative way of understanding which will broaden the academic debate in Colombia and in the professional practice of these two disciplines: architecture and urbanism.
There will be three subject areas in this issue:
1) A critique of the theory of architecture in Colombia from a European perspective.
2) A reflection on the urban development in Bogotá and Medellín over the past twenty years from a European and North American perspective.
3) An analysis of architectural practices in Colombia and architects’ education.
Felipe Hernández, PhD. Architect (RIBA-SCA . Professor of architecture at the University of Cambridge. Director of the Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Studies
Fernando Luiz Lara, PhD. Architect (BIA ). Professor of architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. Laboratório de Urbanismo Avançado, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
For more information visit: https://revistas.uniandes.edu.co/callforpapers/dearq
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