Informal settlements and placemaking : The case of Caracoli barrio in Bogotá

Beza,B and Hernández-Garcia,J 2014, Informal settlements and placemaking : The case of Caracoli barrio in Bogotá, in UD 2014 : Proceedings of the 7th International Urban Design Conference, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., [Southport, Qld.], pp. 1-14.

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Title Informal settlements and placemaking : The case of Caracoli barrio in Bogotá
Author(s) Beza,BORCID iD for Beza,B
Conference name International Urban Design. Conference (7th : 2014 : Adelaide, South Australia)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 1-3 Dec. 2014
Title of proceedings UD 2014 : Proceedings of the 7th International Urban Design Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2014
Conference series International Urban Design Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Place of publication [Southport, Qld.]
Keyword(s) Urban Development
Summary Placemaking in the developed world can be understood as a concept where through a social and political process, value and meaning in a particular setting is created. This focus of placemaking revolves around a setting in the urban environment, its role as a unique setting and, importantly, the people that make up this place: all of which is focused on a highly structured and formal participatory planning process.The role of placemaking in Latin America’s informal settlements, however, is largelyuntested. With more than 75% of Latin America’s population living in cities since 2001and over 30% (128 million people) of the urban population estimated to reside in what the United Nations define as slums; these informal settlements can offer alternative ways of thinking about urban space and the transformation of spaces people live in. In essence, informal settlements are, to a large extent, what people make of them through their own initiative and imagination. What they achieve is remarkable considering their limited resources and sometimes nonexistent participation in formal planning.Through empirical data collected in 2013 and 2014, this paper discusses how in theabsence of a formal participatory planning process (as the west or developed worldmay perceive it) and lack of resources the barrio of Caracoli, in Bogotá has been ableto create value and meaning in their place. This has been possible, despite social and economic difficulties –which are not to be forgotten-, through inventiveness and the richness of community members’ lives. In this sense, it can be argued that informal settlements can offer a different path to understanding the concept of placemaking currently dominating the developed world.
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ISBN 9781922232205
Language eng
Field of Research 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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