Urbanismo Pirata: Tactica y Estrategia en Asentamientos Informales

Translated title of the contribution: Pirate Urbanism: Tactic and Strategy in Informal Settlements

Raul Alberto Marino Zamudio

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The process of settlement in the city follow by IDP’s in Colombia reflects
the history behind their displacement. Colombia is a country affected by
an internal conflict during the last 50 years, as result of that the
population of the main cities have been increased in an abnormal rate.
The government policies for housing are not strong enough to provide
effective solutions for all the people in need of a place to live and carry
on with their lives. How is this population solving this problem? If we analyze the history of the city growth, two main facts capture our attention: the illegal
settlements organized by the people themselves works better at the end
that those provide by the government or by illegal planners. Also this
pirate urbanism is the reflect of the rights claimed by the IDPs to have
access to land and belong again to a territory. This paper analyze two
very interesting cases on how to fight back against the lack of housing
solutions by the government in which the actors organized themselves in
a very careful and unique way in order to provide a roof for their families
and integrate again into a city that most of the times is not ready to
receive this new comers. In order to understand better the sociological phenomena behind this cases we framed our investigation into the theories of Fields by Pierre Bordieu and the strategic and tactic definitions by Michel de Certeau, who provided very interesting analysis on how this mechanism of social
behavior works into a society and their effects on the urban space. This theoretical framework help us to understand these phenomena
and at the same time allow us to explain in a more detailed way the
process behind this resistance tactics and how they generate identity in
the community.
Translated title of the contributionPirate Urbanism: Tactic and Strategy in Informal Settlements
Original languageSpanish
Article number11
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages13
JournalTRAZA Architecture and Urbanism Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • sociology
  • Urban planning
  • Community development
  • Urban Informality
  • Urban Morphology

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