Mexican Cities Initative: 2017 Summer Research Fellowship Program Presentation


Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Frances Loeb Library, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design


The Mexican Cities Initiative Summer Research Fellowship has been established to fund innovative research on Mexico’s cities, open to all current GSD students and their collaborators. We solicit projects that offer new ways of envisioning Mexican cities and the role of humanist, design-based research in urban transformation, to research and communicate risk and resilience through the lens of everyday urbanism.

The 2017 Summer Research Fellows will present their findings from the field alongside guest critics Jose Castillo (Principal, a | 911), Enrique Cifuentes (Principal Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health), Belinda Tato (Co-founder, ecosistema urbano), and Surella Segu (Loeb Fellow; Co-founder, El Cielo Architects).

The Oasis and the Human: A Race for Environmental PreservationOliver J. Curtis & Gabriel Muñoz Moreno

Bringing Down the Wall: Primary Schools as Social Condensers in Salina Cruz, OaxacaKaren Mata, Rodrigo Guerra & Jorge Silva

Tracking Trash: Formal and Informal Waste Networks in Mexico CityAntonio Casalduc, Cynthia Deng, Elif Erez, Ngoc Doan & Omar Valentín

Guest Critics:

Jose Castillo, Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design; Principal, a | 911

Enrique Cifuentes, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Belinda Tato, Design Critic in Landscape Architecture; Co-founder, ecosistema urbano

Surella Segu, Loeb Fello 2018; Co-founder & Co-director, El Cielo Architects

Introductory Remarks:

Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism; Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard GSD; Faculty Chair of the DRCLAS Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Program

Please join us on Monday, February 26th at 6 PM. Reception to follow presentations, RSVP here

Mexican Cities Initiative (MCI) supports a public archive of Mexico-based research conducted at the GSD and elsewhere, a network of partnerships in and beyond Mexico, and an annual summer fellowship for innovative student research.

See also: Cambridge, Mexico