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In this episode, Prof. Robles-Duran talks about contradictions that have emerged during the global pandemic all around the world. Job losses, loss of livelihoods, homelessness, and evictions have dramatically increased in cities across the globe. However, the coronavirus crisis has also effected the creation of a tremendous amount of wealth for a small minority. While the economies of many countries report contractions, the real estate and luxury goods markets report record profits. Wealth is being concentrated at the very top. Prof. Robles-Duran explores both dystopian and utopian scenarios that can emerge from this new urban development paradigm.
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Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in the design and analysis of complex urban systems and urban political-ecology. He is an associate professor of urbanism and director of the graduate urban programs at The New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City. Robles-Durán is a founding member of Urban Front, a transnational consultancy focused on helping progressive public and social sectors address critical urban issues including housing rights, environmental justice, public health, cultural action, sustainable infrastructure and political strategy.
Robles-Durán is also co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), a globally recognized nonprofit cooperative for socio-spatial design and development based in New York City and Rotterdam. CohStra has developed and designed over a dozen urban projects in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, merging popular and scientific knowledge to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the agents affecting urban areas and structuring transdisciplinary methods to catalyze grassroots led transformations.
Parallel to his work with Urban Front and CohStra, from 2014 to 2017, he also co-directed with David Harvey the National Center for the Right to the Territory (CENEDET) in the Republic of Ecuador. The work of Robles-Durán has been exhibited in numerous venues around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MAK Museum Vienna, La Biennale di Venezia, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Rotterdam Biennial and the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.