By: Joshua K. Leon
Cross-posted from Metropolis Mag
Originally published on Apr 7, 2015
Elemental's Quinta Monroy houses in Chile have become a poster-image for Latin America's activist architecture.
Courtesy Cristóbal Palma
Justin McGuirk’s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we’re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can’t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor. The only alternative is collective action at the grassroots level, and I’ve never read more vivid reporting on the subject.