Brazil Studies Program: Beyond the City: The Case of Vila Piloto (Brazil) and Resource Extraction Urbanism


Thursday, March 2, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Felipe CorreaAssociate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Moderator: Frances HagopianJorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

Felipe Correa

Providing much-needed historical contextualization to the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), Felipe Correa’s new book Beyond the City ties together a series of spatial models and offers a survey of regional strategies in five case studies of often overlooked sites built outside the traditional South American urban constructs. This lecture will specifically focus on one of these case studies, the experimental, circular, "temporary" city of Vila Piloto in Três Lagoas (Brazil) and highlight how from town to open territory the Brazilian hinterland of the Southern Paraná River was domesticated and put to work as a hydroelectric Eden for Brazil.

Felipe Correa is a New York based Architect and Urbanist. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Correa is the author of multiple books including “Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America (University of Texas Press, 2016). In addition Correa is also the co-founder of Somatic Collaborative, a research based design practice, which focuses on a trans-scalar approach to architecture and urbanism.  Somatic, has developed design projects and consultancies with the public and private sector in multiple cities and regions across the globe.