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The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction

27 March 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Organized by: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Venue: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Please join Jeannette Sordi, Luis Valenzuela, and Felipe Vera for a discussion of their new book The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction.


Urbanization metabolizes territories surrounding cities as well as territories that are located far beyond the centers themselves and provide the needed resources and goods. Landscapes of extraction are probably one of the most evident examples of this: whole regions are exploited for their resources to ensure the development of others. However, while it is becoming evident that these territories could be considered as part of the urbanization process itself, they are still very marginal in the agenda of urban designers, planners, regional administrators, and political institutions. Territories of extraction are not paid enough attention as places for living themselves – they are in a way the negative of cities: they are what ensures the development, prosperity, and consolidation of cities, but are themselves the emblem of deployment and precariousness.


The Camp and the City book aims to articulate a discussion about territories of extraction in to set up concepts and provide a general overview of their common challenges throughout different landscapes. Calama – the most important mining cluster in Chile and one of the most important   hubs for copper extraction in the world – is presented as a case study in order to generate a more specific and evidence-based discussion, offering the ground for the development of a more projective critical view.


Jeannette Sordi is Associate Professor of Landscape and Urbanism at the Design Lab of Univer­sidad Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago, Chile. She holds a PhD from the Polytechnic School of the University of Genoa (2014) and has been DAAD post-doctoral research fellow at Leib­niz Universität Hannover (2014) and PhD Special Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2011- 2012). Her research focuses on the investigation of recycling strategies for architecture, landscape, and urbanism and on the development of planning instruments and devices based on recycling, landscape, and ecology. She is the author of the book Beyond Urbanism (List, 2014) that reassembles the origins and the­ories of Landscape Urbanism, and co-editor of Andrea Branzi. Ten Humble Suggestions for a new Athens Chart (Arq, 2015).


Luis Valenzuela is the Director for the Center of Territorial In­telligence and academic for DesignLAB at Adolfo Ibañéz University, professor at the school of business at Adolfo Ibañéz Univer­sity and associated researcher at the Center of Conflict and Social Cohesion, COES. He holds an Architecture diploma and a Master in Architecture from Chile’s Catho­lic University and a Doctor of Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2014 and 2015 he was guest professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2011 he founded the Center of Territorial Intelligence and worked as sub-director for the school of design. From 1997 to 2011 he was academic at the School of Architec­ture, Design and urban Studies of Chile’s Catholic University, where he leaded the urbanism department for the School of Ar­chitecture and created the Master in Urban Project program. He was also academic of the Master in Building Administration at the School of Engineer at Chile’s Catholic University. He was executive director of extension and external services at School of Architecture, Design and urban Studies and director of the Cities Observatory, both at Chile’s Catholic University.


Felipe Vera is Architect at Universidad de Chile (2009). MDeS in Urbanism, Landscape & Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2013). Professor and co-director of the Cen­ter for Ecology, Landscape and Urbanism at the UAI DesignLab in Chile and Member of the Initiative for Sustainable and Emergent Cities at the Inter American Development Bank. He is editor of ‘Kumbh Mela: Mapping The Ephemeral Mega City’ (2014), ‘Andrea Branzi: Ten Recommendations for a New Athens Charter’ (2015) ‘Rahul Mehrotra: Dissolving Thresholds’ (2015), Ephemeral Urbanism (2016) and curator of the ‘Radical Temporalities’ Pavilion at the Shenzhen Bi­ennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2015) awarded with the International Academic Award, and ‘Ephemeral Urbanism Cities in Constant Flux’ Pavilion at the Venice Bien­nale (2016). Felipe Vera was a faculty at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University.


The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction is edited by Jeannette Sordi, Luis Valenzuela, Felipe Vera, with essays by Pablo Allard, Maria Ignacia Arrasate, Mariana Barrera, Sourav Kumar Biswas, Diane Davis, Agustina González Cid, Rania Goshn, El Hadi Jazairy, Rahul Mehrotra, Flavio Sciaraffia, Jeannette Sordi, Ricardo Truffello, Luis Valenzuela, Felipe Vera.


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