Item description for Informal City: Caracas Case by Alfred Brillembourg...
This unique urban research project examines the often overlooked areas known as "the barrios," "shantytowns," or "slums" and assesses their validity as an architectural phenomenon in their own right.
The hills outside Caracas are dotted with transient, dilapidated structures which are home to thousands of people who create their own socioeconomic environment, one which has a unique place in the city's infrastructure. This publication can be understood as a handbook of informal urban and cultural practice. Its validity extends far beyond Caracas and encompasses nearly all Latin American metropolises. Its essays question the value of traditional Western-style socioeconomic and socio-political structures, present a new form of urbanism as a subject for discussion, and show the need for a profound change in our understanding of urban culture, especially in today's era, which is characterized by increasing insecurity and uncertainty. This project was jointly initiated by the Cultural Foundation of Germany and the "Urban Think Tank" in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 7.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2005
Publisher Prestel Publishing
ISBN 3791333917 ISBN13 9783791333915