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Deurbanization and the Utopia of Dispersion

April 17, 2019 | Max Rohm

Piedras Blancas, Argentina, April, 2018 (photo: Max Rohm)

The talk will address the necessity of the design professions to assume their role in the presentation of alternatives to the urbanization processes that are among the causes of the current global environmental crisis. Focusing on the situation of Latin America and Argentina in particular, the talk will showcase the possibility of deurbanization through the revitalization and repopulation of small rural towns—a utopia of dispersion—facilitated by the new communication, transport, education, and work customs that are forecast for the coming decades.

Max Rohm is an educator, architect, and landscape architect. He is adjunct professor at the University of Buenos Aires and has been visiting professor at the Torcuato DiTella University School of Architecture and Urban Studies, the San Andrés University School of Education, the Harvard GSD, and the Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art, and Preservation in Rhode Island. From 2009 to 2017, he was mentor of the Complex City Region Lab exchange course between the University of Buenos Aires and the TUDelft. He is coauthor of Urban Interrelations: Work Methodology for the Insertion of Public Space in Informal Settlements, published in 2012 by PPT Editors. In 2005, he set up his practice in Buenos Aires, fostering an interdisciplinary approach that concentrates in the development of architecture, landscape, and urban design projects of various scales.