Recent Metropolitan Transformations and Territorial Projects: The North Coast of Buenos Aires

By Viviana Colella.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Over the last twenty years, a wide range of interventions in the urban waterfronts have been designed and built. Beyond the paradigmatic interventions of Battery Park and the London Docklands, there have been other operations of equal impact in the Southern hemisphere, including Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires or the coast of river Parana in Rosario, just to name a few of them. These projects have been examined by different disciplines, from environmental, architectural, social, and political studies. Within this context, this paper aims to develop a territorial reading of the coast of the River de la Plata and River Luján, in the north coast of Buenos Aires, to analyze the patterns behind its production. It is considered that the projects and coastal transformation, and the conflicts that arise around them, can be understood as a laboratory for thinking about the recent metropolitan transformations and their possible logic of intervention.

Keywords: Metropolitan Transformations, Territorial Projects, Waterfront, Territorial Readings

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 743.502KB).

Viviana Colella

Researcher, Department of Urban Planning, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Architect and Planner. Doctoral candidate at the University of Buenos Aires. Developing her thesis in recent metropolitan transformations and regional projects: "Transformations and persistence. Buenos Aires, North Shore." Working as a research professor of the Department of Urban Planning at the National University of General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires. She was part of research teams on topics of urban management and decision-making processes in central areas and heritage territories (both for the National University of General Sarmiento and the Swiss National Centre of Competence). She´s author of several publications for national and international journals, such as conferences and seminars related to urban management and decision-making processes in central areas, rehabilitation of historic dwellings and recent metropolitan transformations. She has developed consulting work for public agencies, territorial studies and systematization and analysis of planning tools. She´s also participated as consultant in Urban Development Plans and has done workshops for public officials in different cities of Buenos Aires Province.