Fuentes: “Visions of La Esmelda (Smeltertown): New urbanism, environmental justice, and brownfield redevelopment along the US-Mexico border”

Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 30
5:30–7:30 pm
Gould 110

Tracy Fuentes, PhD stu­dent in the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Urban Design and Plan­ning Pro­gram, will present a case study of an urban brown­field site in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez inter­na­tional met­ro­pol­i­tan region. Fol­low­ing reme­di­a­tion, the most recent chap­ter in the his­tory of La Esmelda (Smelter­town) includes plans to rede­velop the site using New Urban­ism design prin­ci­ples. But as the City of El Paso and the site trustee attempt to “recast the smelter” do the design and plan­ning processes appro­pri­ately address the site his­tory and affected com­mu­ni­ties? Can good design repair the wounded urban fab­ric and improve the qual­ity of life and urban function?

Come learn more about this site’s his­tory and join the con­ver­sa­tion on the role of design in envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and brown­field rede­vel­op­ment. Food and drinks provided.

http://criticaldesignuw.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/upcoming-event-tracy-fuentes-january-30th/

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