Urbanisms in beta

Informal | Autoconstruction | Libre | Open Source

A new perspective on informal and grassroots urbanism

A comparative study of four cities in Latin America and Europe

Urbanisms in beta aims to develop a new perspective on informal and grassroots urbanism through the comparative study of four cities in Latin America and Europe.

Our opening gambit is straightforward: Auto-construction offers a new paradigm for understanding the politics of the contemporary city.

Why auto-construction? From do-it-yourself urban designs to makeshift urban encampments, from community architectural projects to open-source urban infrastructures, auto-construction emerges as a space of epistemic overflow, where technical, environmental and political relations fly below the radar of market and state practices, or generate unsuspected and yet productive displacements and reconfigurations between them.

About Urbanism in beta

People

Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Alberto Corsín Jiménez

I am Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. My work looks at the intersections between anthropologies of knowledge and social studies of science.

Adolfo Estalella

Adolfo Estalella

I am an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). My two fields of research are Anthropology of Knowledge and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Candela Morado

Candela Morado

Candela Morado is a PhD student at the Spanish National Research Council. Architect by the Technical University of Madrid and Sociocultural Anthropologist by the Complutense University of Madrid.

Teresa Tiburcio

Teresa Tiburcio

I am a doctoral student in the Information Society and Knowledge program at the Open University of Catalunya and a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I graduated in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid.

News

Open urban tools. A catalogue

The title ‘Open urban tools’ (in Spanish ‘Herramientas de ciudad abierta’) attempts to highlight a peculiar dimension of the civic […]

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A catalogue of open urban tools

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4pm – 8pm. Medialab-Prado (Madrid). Democratic City Meeting. City maps, urban archives and dérives, hand-made pieces of furniture, citizen infrastructures, […]

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Ethnography: a prototype

What happens to the ethnographic method when it goes open source? We are delighted to announce that an article describing our […]

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Open source urbanism after the Pritzker Prize

The news that the Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena has liberated the architectural designs of four of his housing projects […]

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Research

Ethnography: a prototype

What happens to the ethnographic method when it goes open source? We are delighted to announce that an article describing our […]

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