Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise Lecture Series | Cohabitation Strategies and Urban Front: Urban Practice After the Pandemic

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12 - 2pm

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Image courtesy of Miguel Robles-Duran

Image courtesy of Miguel Robles-Duran. 

This presentation will be conducted in-person and through Zoom. Zoom account registration is required, please register in advance here.

Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in urban political-ecology and the design/analysis of complex urban systems. He is Associate Professor of Urbanism at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Robles-Durán is a founding member of Urban Front, a transnational consultancy focused on helping progressive public and social sectors address critical urban issues including housing rights, environmental justice, public health, cultural action, sustainable infrastructure and political strategy. 

The presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by Eva Franch i Gilabert. 

Robles-Durán is also co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), a Rotterdam and New York City based non-profit cooperative committed to radical socio-spatial research, design, and development. For thirteen years, CohStra developed and designed over a dozen urban projects in Europe, North and South America, centered on the development of original action-research methodologies, transdisciplinary frameworks, neighborhood-based initiatives, and the facilitation of community-driven transformative interventions against neoliberal urbanization.

Parallel to his work with Urban Front and CohStra, Robles-Durán is a contributing member to Democracy@Work where he hosts "Cities After..." an anti-capitalist bi-weekly podcast about the future of cities. In previous years he also co-directed with David Harvey the National Center for the Right to the Territory (CENEDET) in the Republic of Ecuador. The work of Robles-Durán has been exhibited in numerous venues around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MAK Museum Vienna, La Biennale di Venezia, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Rotterdam Biennial and the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.

The in-person lecture is open to Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff in room 315F. This event is free and accessible to the public through Zoom.  

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