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Wednesday, 3/6, 6:30pm - 8pm
Location
NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies, 100 Washington Square East, room 301

In 1920 Guayaquil, Ecuador was a relatively small city in South America of 30 Square kilometers and a population of 258,000 inhabitants. Today at 215 Square kilometers, Guayaquil is a sprawling metropolis of 2.29 million inhabitants. If located in the United States, Guayaquil would be the 4th largest city in our country. The city suffers from many classic challenges seen around the world: informal communities, urban sprawl, lack of adequate public services and transit. This explosive growth enveloped the city’s airport (240 hectares) which is now being relocated outside the city center.

This lecture reviews the city’s ambitious plan to rehabilitate this massive lot at the geographical heart of the city. We will also consider questions such as: What has the city learned from others around the globe? Can they set themselves on a sustainable path for the future? Can they reconcile the challenges of the present day with a vision for a better life for the city and its people? The people of Guayaquil do not merely want to become on par with the best urbanizations in the developed world—they aim to become a showpiece for global development and to create the city of their dreams.

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NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies
Wednesday, 3/6, 6:30pm - 8pm
Location
NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies, 100 Washington Square East, room 301
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