Reflections on Daniel Immerwahr’s Essay About “The United States and the Lure of Community Development”

“[Within] a context in which rich nations continue to rig the international system to ensure that wealth accrues disproportionately to certain places, lock poor people out of those places, and then consume resources at a rate that will probably render much of the planet inhospitable, there is something bizarre about the current obsession with helping poor people help themselves.” (p. 183)

If authoritarian planning from above resulted in some of the biggest social failures of the 19th and 20th centuries, as argued by James C. Scott in “Seeing Like a State,” development from below did not bring about more hopeful…


Reflections on James C. Scott’s celebrated critique on high modernism

“Officials of the modern state are, of necessity, at least one step — and often several steps — removed from the society they are charged with governing.” (p. 76)

Part I

High modernism was, and continues to be, a matter of faith, as James Scott eloquently argues in “Seeing Like a State.” Rooted in the belief that technical expertise and reasoned knowledge are the solution to modern social problems — regardless of what exactly these may be — the proponents of high modernism consider themselves entitled to speak and act in name of large numbers of people. …


Léelo en español

Who could have known that music would play such a powerful role during a pandemic? I, along with many other musicians, had to wait for this worldwide lockdown to experience an additional dimension of music which would have never been conceivable had physical space not been removed from the scene. It turned out that, in times of physical distance, music — and particularly live music — could function as a glue transcending space to align and connect human souls.

GAIA started with a spark: A very simple, but concrete and appealing idea that came up during a…


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¿Quién hubiera imaginado que la música jugaría un papel tan poderoso durante una pandemia? Hemos tenido que esperar a un confinamiento global para ser testigos de una dimensión adicional de la música inconcebible si su componente espacial no hubiera desaparecido de la escena. Me refiero a la función de la música— y en particular, de la música en directo— como puente que trasciende el espacio en tiempos de distanciamiento físico para alinear y conectar almas humanas.

GAIA comenzó con una chispa. Una idea simple, pero concreta y atractiva que emergió durante una conversación entre Antoinette Klatzky…


Mural del Colectivo Chiqui Traca destruido por el sismo.

La noche cuando la tierra se estremeció, el 7 de septiembre de 2017, pude sentir cómo la sacudida me afectaba emocionalmente, a pesar de la distancia. Por entonces me encontraba estudiando la maestría de planificación urbana en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts, adonde había llegado hacía apenas un mes con la intención de estudiar la relación entre arte, cultura y urbanismo comunitario — temas en los que llevaba trabajando varios años como arquitecto y músico.

Mi sorpresa fue enorme al comprobar la masiva respuesta de la comunidad artística del Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca y México al sismo del 7 de…


Dear friends,

After I defended my master’s thesis in May (“The Sparking Cycle: A Culture-Oriented Approach to System Change in Oppressed Communities”), I was invited by the radio show The Move to talk — and play the piano — about some of the topics that I presented. Please listen to this podcast to hear what concepts such as vulnerabilities, oppression, capabilities, conscientização, spark, or system change sound like!

https://soundcloud.com/user-684808838/s2e9-a-communitys-spark-with-antonio-moya-latorre


My master’s thesis, The Sparking Cycle, is built on several concepts that can adopt different meanings depending on the context where they are used. All the concepts exposed are defined in the text according to existing literature and adjusted to the conceptual framework of my thesis. To ground the conversation around the topics discussed, I wanted to first share the definition of the most relevant concepts, in alphabetical order. Feedback is welcome!

  1. Art refers to all kinds of human creations (individual and collective ones), devised to convey ideas in ways that go beyond — but without renouncing — verbal, cognitive…

Dear friends,

It’s been a while since I updated you on my professional work. These two years at MIT have been pretty hectic, extremely rewarding personally and professionally. I will still need some time to reflect on everything that happened to continue moving forward in the right direction, but here are some quick thoughts.

Along the way, I have been exploring the intersection between arts, culture, architecture, community planning, oppression, systems thinking, system change, action research, co-generation, and reflective practice — all of them complex concepts whose interaction I will need to continue studying in depth. My master’s thesis, titled…


Reseña del ensayo de Fernando Gaja i Díaz

¿Cómo serán las ciudades de la segunda mitad del siglo XXI? El arquitecto urbanista y urbanólogo Fernando Gaja plantea en su libro “Futurópolis” diferentes escenarios urbanos a los que podrían conducirnos las ciudades actuales, caracterizadas tanto por el enorme potencial de las nuevas tecnologías como por la alarmante escasez de recursos que apunta a una irreversible crisis ecológica mundial.

El punto de partida para este ensayo es el agotamiento del urbanismo de la modernidad que se inició durante la revolución industrial y cuyos preceptos –el progreso lineal permanente y el crecimiento infinito–, ya no solo no son válidos, sino que…


Reseña del ensayo de Daniel Sorando y Álvaro Ardura

¿Es posible mejorar las condiciones de los centros históricos de las ciudades sin cambiar su composición social? Probablemente esta sea la principal cuestión que Álvaro Ardura y Daniel Sorando plantean en su ensayo “First we take Manhattan: la destrucción creativa de las ciudades”. Y la respuesta no resulta nada esperanzadora, a raíz de todas las experiencias descritas en el libro. Al terminar este ensayo, el lector corre el riesgo de ver procesos de gentrificación por todas partes –apenas en sus inicios o ya bien consolidados–. …

Antonio Moya

Architect & Musicien working for social urban innovation

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