Research Track

Urban (Technologies)


Alfredo Guitierrez
Fernando Alvare
Hernan Lopez Garay
Daniel Lopera
Adam Nocek
Tony Fry


Autonomous Urbanism

The CPT is collaborating with the Industrial Design program at La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), and other Colombian, South American, and Australasian partners to develop autonomous design practices well suited for urban thriving outside of the modernist/colonialist epistemologies (especially in Bogotá). This research stream is particularly invested in conceiving local and informal practices as design technologies that are essential to a community’s autonomous modes of creation and maintenance. We explore how these modes are irreducible to and do not require the legitimation of modern dualist (colonialist) frames of reference (whether in the form of the state apparatus, flexible neoliberal economies, computational tools, or universalizing notions of the subject/object, etc.). In short, researchers examine how there is not one universe of value capable of legislating what does and does not count as a relevant world-building activity in an urban environment. This project is partially supported by 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.



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