Urban Nature in Latin America: Diverse Cities and Shared Narratives


The urban experience in Latin America is explained less by the opposition between the countryside and the city, than by the image of a continuum—highlighting the integration of cities into rural economies, extractivist communities, and into the Latin American landscape in general. Latin American cities had their origins in the colonial experience, developing on the edge of harbors, mines, and trade routes. Today, the Latin American city is the result of a combination of various historical processes: the voracious city as a part of a larger system; the adapting city, vulnerable at the same time; the unequal city, burdened by conflict; and the self-aware city that negotiates and celebrates its green spaces.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6265