How Savagism of the Narco Motorbike Has Shaped the Contemporary City

By Catalina Maria Jaramillo.

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

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The narco motorbike is often identified by Medellineses as a red Yamaha and a weapon. This mode of transport might be considered the “dark horse” of Medellin’s planning. This article studies how the individualist view of capitalism and symbiosis with the machine could end in a political crisis inside a “capitalist paradise.” It compares the evolving narco motorbike culture to contemporary planning in Medellin, and it considers its historical, architectural, biological, technological and anthropological perspectives and the complex relations between popular culture, urbanism, transport, and technology. The analysis is done by using multilinear evolution, which studies the significant alteration of a particular culture so that a cultural law can be identified.

Keywords: Trafficker, Urban Space, Pablo Escobar, Transport, Planning, Cultural Evolution, Motorbike, Narco Motorbike, Medellin

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.65-75. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 10, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.505MB)).

Catalina Maria Jaramillo

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK