I want to organize a panel on the materials used in the construction of the cities. Any kind of material, any period and any city is welcome. The more diverse the proposals the better it will be the panel.
My paper will deal on the role that aggregates (i.e. gravel and sand) played in Bogotá's construction along the 20th century. Due to geological and technical features, these materials were extracted almost exclusively from one source, the Tunjuelo river, located in the southern part of the city and played a fundamental role in the urbanization process in that sector of the city. I want to contrast the way that Tunjuelo´s aggregates were used in the construction of different urban elements in different parts of Bogotá. In that way I want to explore the dichotomy between the "formal" or modern city and the "informal" or "unplanned" one, that permeates most of the research made on Latin American urbanization process.
Please let me know before August 23rd if you are interested.
PhD Student - Universidad de los Andes, Bogota (Colombia)
Universidad de los Andes - Bogota, Colombia
Phone: 57-1-3394949 ext.2525
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