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MEDIA ALERT: UCLA design conference on June 11 to focus on unprecedented regional infrastructure initiative in South America

International Institute, UCLA, June 5, 2013 — A conference and design review funded by the UCLA Latin American Institute will explore how design can improve the impacts of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), the largest and most ambitious infrastructure integration project ever implemented in the region.

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UCLA design conference on June 11 to focus on unprecedented regional infrastructure initiative in South America

International Institute, UCLA, June 5, 2013 — A conference and design review funded by the UCLA Latin American Institute will explore how design can improve the impacts of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), the largest and most ambitious infrastructure integration project ever implemented in the region. The event will be hosted by Sherman Research Studio as part of RUMBLE, the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design’s annual year-end exposition. 

A comprehensive energy, transport and communications network, IIRSA was initiated by former Brazilian president Fernando Enrique Cardoso in 2000 and rapidly endorsed by the 11 other nations of South America. Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the $82 billion initiative will build ten east-west infrastructure corridors to expedite South American exports to Asia from Pacific ports.

“Divining Providencia: Urbanization in the Amazon and the Paradox of Infrastructure” will use actual design proposals to demonstrate how current patterns of resource extraction, paired with IIRSA investments in regional infrastructure, can serve as the backbone for new models of urbanization in South America.

A review of designs prepared by several graduate student design studios over the past year for “brick-and-mortar” projects of Puerto Providencia in Ecuador will take place throughout the day on Tuesday, June 11th in Room 1209 B of Perloff Hall.

The goal of both the conference and the design reviews is to provide a set of implementable design and planning proposals that sustain and enrich — rather than damage — the cultural and environmental settings (i.e., real estate) that adjoin IIRSA infrastructure projects, using low-impact alternatives.

The designs that will be presented and discussed are those of graduate design studios at UCLA, Harvard University, and Pontifica Universidad Catolica Ecuador (PUCE). Each studio’s projects will be critiqued by the other studio leaders as well as experts attending the conference.

Keynote conference speakers Felipe Correa  (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University) and Ana María Durán Calisto (Pontificia Universidad Catolica Ecuador), co-founders of the transcontinental applied research network The South America Project (SAP, www.sap-network.org), will examine the IIRSA initiative and SAP’s work to improve the current spatial transformations reshaping the South American hinterlands.

Santiago del Hierro Kennedy, of PUCE, and Roger Sherman, of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and its think tank, cityLAB, and of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, are the co-organizers of the event.

Other conference participants include: Susanna Hecht, professor of urban planning, Urban Planning Department, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA; Greg Lindsay, journalist and co-author with John D. Kasarda of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (Farrar, Straus and Girous, 2011); John Bass, chair, Department of Architecture, University of British Columbia; Kyong Park, professor, Department of Visual Arts, UC San Diego, and founder, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC; Michael Speaks, writer/critic, and dean, School of Architecture, Syracuse University; Eva Franc, director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC; and Dana Cuff, professor and director of cityLAB, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

In addition, representatives of the Provincial Government of Sucumbios in Ecuador and nongovernmental organizations working in that country will also be in attendance.

The symposium will be held on the UCLA campus from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Room 1209B (ground floor), Perloff Hall. Fee parking ($11 daily) is available in UCLA Lots 2 and 3. No RSVP is required.

UCLA DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN

1317 Perloff Hall
Los Angeles, California 90095-1467
Contact: Roger Sherman, 310.663.1642
rogersaud@gmail.com

www.aud.ucla.edu

For more info please contact:
Roger Sherman
310-663-1642
rogersaud@gmail.com

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