Architecture Publications

Campus Units

Architecture

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

Volume

2

Issue

4

First Page

163

Last Page

182

DOI

10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v02i04/53672

Abstract

This study focuses on the social construction of abstract space in the city of Mercedes (Uruguay), which implies social relations of production, representations of space, and spatial practices and their physical manifestations. Through elements of Lefebvre’s triad (1991), this study explores spatial changes and challenges of Mercedes related to the development of industrial agriculture, and the growth of informal settlements. Secondary data and resulting analytical maps are utilized to understand recent changes produced in the urban-rural space of Mercedes. Informal conversations with local and national government staff discussed regional and local plans and policies. Interactions between plans, policies, and foreign investments related to industrial agriculture and social mobility have transformed public spaces and existing neighborhoods. Despite economic growth, the social-spatial fragmentation has increased between the inner city and the periphery and/or informal settlements.

Comments

This article is from Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 2 (2013): 163–182, doi:10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v02i04/53672. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Silvina Lopez Barrera

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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