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    "Greening" the City? Artistic Re-Visions of Sustainability in Bogotá

    Till, Karen E. (2010) "Greening" the City? Artistic Re-Visions of Sustainability in Bogotá. E-misférica, 7 (1).

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    In many countries, urban renewal, as tied to the rhetoric of sustainability, has led to proposals to “green” the city. When tied to a development logic, the complexity of urban places become reduced to two-dimensional mappings of absolute space: lots, peoples, and landscapes are classified as blighted and threatening to the body politic. In this article, I focus on creative visual practices that challenge such a model of urbanization and provide alternative spatial imaginaries of the city. I examine two artistic interventions in Bogotá: Prometheus, a collaboration with former residents of El Cartucho and the artistic collaborative Mapa Teatro from 2001–2003; and Auras Anónimas (Anonymous Auras) by Beatriz González, unveiled in 2009. Both projects animate the messy complexities of place in a city marked by violence, where any historical narrative and hegemonic vision of urbanism is subject to question and doubt.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Bogotá;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 2732
    Depositing User: Dr. Karen Till
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2011 13:23
    Journal or Publication Title: E-misférica
    Publisher: Hemisperic Institut
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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