URBAN DESIGNERS + POLITICAL POWER = GOOD CITY / FRANCISCO VERGARA
“Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends” Lewis Mumford
The idea of social development as an economic approach based on the neoliberal system is a pathway towards a segregated city. Bangkok and the cities of Thailand that I met in this trip reminded me several similar conditions that happen in Chile, which also have this model of development rooted on the social system. The inequity and the lack of opportunities are expressed spatially through the city. And here is the point that gets my attention: a political decision has direct spatial consequences, therefore the presence of architects and urban designers on the realm of political decisions is fundamental. It is not about make technical decisions, is about install the idea of “good city” as a priority in order to reach a condition of developed country. Following this idea, it is essential that the spatial transformations happen on the political level first, otherwise the scopes of an architect working for a bottom up model could produce transformations in very specific areas of the city but not in a wide scale.
 Transformation of the city should be addressed by politicians not just like actions but like a statement, cleaning the existent processes and installing models to ensure the transparency, participation and pursuit of the common good through the city acknowledged as a right. 
In my opinion, Baan Mankong is an expression of a neoliberal country, where is a point in which the government must invest on reduce the levels of inequity in order to preserve social stability, and due to the excellent disposition of people like CODI members, this kind of initiatives are successful; however beyond the housing solutions, the segregated cities are still there, closing opportunities and being a concrete jungle where the stronger wins.
To stress my idea, rather than find new ways to get resources to produce housing solutions, it is necessary to transform the political level in order to install the idea of fair city as a right. Then, the incredible efforts to build community engagement in order to produce bottom up changes would find a consequent response from the top level, and finally produce a better city based in a collaboration between all the stakeholders. 
From my perspective, the spatial consequence of a process like this, would decant into a spatial expression of democracy, and therefore in a democratic city.

URBAN DESIGNERS + POLITICAL POWER = GOOD CITY / FRANCISCO VERGARA

Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends” Lewis Mumford

The idea of social development as an economic approach based on the neoliberal system is a pathway towards a segregated city. Bangkok and the cities of Thailand that I met in this trip reminded me several similar conditions that happen in Chile, which also have this model of development rooted on the social system. The inequity and the lack of opportunities are expressed spatially through the city. And here is the point that gets my attention: a political decision has direct spatial consequences, therefore the presence of architects and urban designers on the realm of political decisions is fundamental. It is not about make technical decisions, is about install the idea of “good city” as a priority in order to reach a condition of developed country. Following this idea, it is essential that the spatial transformations happen on the political level first, otherwise the scopes of an architect working for a bottom up model could produce transformations in very specific areas of the city but not in a wide scale.

 Transformation of the city should be addressed by politicians not just like actions but like a statement, cleaning the existent processes and installing models to ensure the transparency, participation and pursuit of the common good through the city acknowledged as a right. 

In my opinion, Baan Mankong is an expression of a neoliberal country, where is a point in which the government must invest on reduce the levels of inequity in order to preserve social stability, and due to the excellent disposition of people like CODI members, this kind of initiatives are successful; however beyond the housing solutions, the segregated cities are still there, closing opportunities and being a concrete jungle where the stronger wins.

To stress my idea, rather than find new ways to get resources to produce housing solutions, it is necessary to transform the political level in order to install the idea of fair city as a right. Then, the incredible efforts to build community engagement in order to produce bottom up changes would find a consequent response from the top level, and finally produce a better city based in a collaboration between all the stakeholders.

From my perspective, the spatial consequence of a process like this, would decant into a spatial expression of democracy, and therefore in a democratic city.

URBAN DESIGNERS + POLITICAL POWER = GOOD CITY / FRANCISCO VERGARA
“Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends” Lewis Mumford
The idea of social development as an economic approach based on the neoliberal system is a pathway towards a segregated city. Bangkok and the cities of Thailand that I met in this trip reminded me several similar conditions that happen in Chile, which also have this model of development rooted on the social system. The inequity and the lack of opportunities are expressed spatially through the city. And here is the point that gets my attention: a political decision has direct spatial consequences, therefore the presence of architects and urban designers on the realm of political decisions is fundamental. It is not about make technical decisions, is about install the idea of “good city” as a priority in order to reach a condition of developed country. Following this idea, it is essential that the spatial transformations happen on the political level first, otherwise the scopes of an architect working for a bottom up model could produce transformations in very specific areas of the city but not in a wide scale.
 Transformation of the city should be addressed by politicians not just like actions but like a statement, cleaning the existent processes and installing models to ensure the transparency, participation and pursuit of the common good through the city acknowledged as a right. 
In my opinion, Baan Mankong is an expression of a neoliberal country, where is a point in which the government must invest on reduce the levels of inequity in order to preserve social stability, and due to the excellent disposition of people like CODI members, this kind of initiatives are successful; however beyond the housing solutions, the segregated cities are still there, closing opportunities and being a concrete jungle where the stronger wins.
To stress my idea, rather than find new ways to get resources to produce housing solutions, it is necessary to transform the political level in order to install the idea of fair city as a right. Then, the incredible efforts to build community engagement in order to produce bottom up changes would find a consequent response from the top level, and finally produce a better city based in a collaboration between all the stakeholders. 
From my perspective, the spatial consequence of a process like this, would decant into a spatial expression of democracy, and therefore in a democratic city.

URBAN DESIGNERS + POLITICAL POWER = GOOD CITY / FRANCISCO VERGARA

Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends” Lewis Mumford

The idea of social development as an economic approach based on the neoliberal system is a pathway towards a segregated city. Bangkok and the cities of Thailand that I met in this trip reminded me several similar conditions that happen in Chile, which also have this model of development rooted on the social system. The inequity and the lack of opportunities are expressed spatially through the city. And here is the point that gets my attention: a political decision has direct spatial consequences, therefore the presence of architects and urban designers on the realm of political decisions is fundamental. It is not about make technical decisions, is about install the idea of “good city” as a priority in order to reach a condition of developed country. Following this idea, it is essential that the spatial transformations happen on the political level first, otherwise the scopes of an architect working for a bottom up model could produce transformations in very specific areas of the city but not in a wide scale.

 Transformation of the city should be addressed by politicians not just like actions but like a statement, cleaning the existent processes and installing models to ensure the transparency, participation and pursuit of the common good through the city acknowledged as a right. 

In my opinion, Baan Mankong is an expression of a neoliberal country, where is a point in which the government must invest on reduce the levels of inequity in order to preserve social stability, and due to the excellent disposition of people like CODI members, this kind of initiatives are successful; however beyond the housing solutions, the segregated cities are still there, closing opportunities and being a concrete jungle where the stronger wins.

To stress my idea, rather than find new ways to get resources to produce housing solutions, it is necessary to transform the political level in order to install the idea of fair city as a right. Then, the incredible efforts to build community engagement in order to produce bottom up changes would find a consequent response from the top level, and finally produce a better city based in a collaboration between all the stakeholders.

From my perspective, the spatial consequence of a process like this, would decant into a spatial expression of democracy, and therefore in a democratic city.

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