Resilience Untangled: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America

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Event Description

Given that resilience has emerged globally as a guiding principle for development, understanding the implications of its transformative capacity becomes imperative. Engaging critically with the concept of resilience calls for the acknowledgement of its several forms, both positive and negative, across urban systems and depending on its interpretation and scope.

This conference seeks to advance the conversation on the significance and practice of resilience by sharing perspectives from academics, practitioners, students, and communities of diverse backgrounds and disciplines in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Resilience Untangled is a collaborative event jointly led by LatinX organizations at Harvard GSD, MIT DUSP, Columbia GSAPP, and UPenn Weitzman School 

Conference Sessions

Session 1- Intro Panel: On the scope of resilience in LAC: 12:00 (noon) EST UPenn

Professors from all 4 institutions share their views on the features and limitations of the concept of Resilience in the regional context of Latin America and the Caribbean

Diane Davis (GSD) – Larry Vale (MIT) – Eugene Birch (UPenn) – Kate Orff (CU)

Moderated by Nora Libertun de Duren


Session 2 – Student Work and Research on resilience: 1pm EST

Students across planning and design schools present their current work and research related to all the forms resilience might take in Latin America and the Caribbean

Michelle Mueller Gámez (MIT) – Andreina Seijas (Harvard GSD) – Oscar Mayorga – (Columbia GSAPP) – Natalia Revelo – (UPenn) – Dení Lopez (MIT) – Kenismael Santiago-Pagán (Harvard GSD) – Hilary Morales (UPenn) – Alice Fang & Luis Miguel Pizano (Columbia GSAPP)


Session 3 – Resilient Communities: 2pm EST

Two community-based projects in South America elevate the conversation on strategic actions for tangible, transformative change and embracing resilience in adversity

Ama Amancaes (Peru) – Fundación Espacio (Venezuela)


Session 4 – Resilience in Practice: 3pm EST

Professionals from across the region share their experiences and how the concept of resilience shapes their daily practices across multiple scales.

Anna Dietzch – Rafael Viñoly – Natalia Mosquera –  Oficina de Resiliencia Urbana

How to Join

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