We interviewed the director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Latin Lab, Clara Irazabal, during her two two-week workshop “Learning from Latin American Cities: Planning and Urbanization” with our students. The Caracas-born architect and urban planner talks about what motivated her to work on social justice issues through her profession, how spatial practitioners can contribute to solving the world’s pressing urban issues, and what keeps her coming back to our master’s program every year.

Clara was one of the leaders of our 2013 workshop  Rethinking the Urban Fringes in Medellín, Colombia: Alternative intervention models, in which our students collaborated with the Comuna 8 in Medellín to build models for alternative intervention in the informal settlement involving community actors as crucial planning partners. Read our previous interview with Clara and learn more about our visiting professors at our faculty page.

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