Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America

René Davids

Title Conditional: Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm | 223 Moses Hall

Most urban centers and capitals in Latin American countries are situated on or near dramatically varied terrain. Rene Davids provides unique insights about the history and architecture of Latin America as he explores the interplay between built works and their geographies in various cities including Bogotá, Caracas, Mendoza, México D. F., Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaíso. 

René C. Davids is a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. He is a principal of Davids Killory Architecture, a firm that has received national and international recognition for design. A volume of essays he edited, Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America, was published in August 2016 by University Press of Florida.

Davids discusses public transportation in Latin American cities. (Photo by CLAS.)
Davids discusses public transportation in Latin American cities. (Photo by CLAS.)

While looking towards his PowerPoint, Davids explains the significance of different urban features. (Photo by CLAS.)
While looking towards his PowerPoint, Davids explains the significance of different urban features. (Photo by CLAS.) 

After his presentation, Davids takes questions from the crowd. (Photo by CLAS.)
After his presentation, Davids takes questions from the crowd. (Photo by CLAS.)

The city of Caracas, Venezuela looms behind a forested hillside. (Photo by Larry Gaynor.)
The city of Caracas, Venezuela looms behind a forested hillside. (Photo by Larry Gaynor.)