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Melbourne lecture: Lorenzo Castro

September 16, 2011

Acclaimed Colombian architect, Lorenzo Castro, discusses the urban planning and design of two of Colombia’s most dynamic cities: Bogotá and Medellín.

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Acclaimed Colombian architect Lorenzo Castro will give a free public lecture this October on urban planning and design in Colombia.

The recent transformations of Medellín and Bogotá in Colombia are examples of dynamic and inclusive urban planning and design. Castro will survey how both cities, which share a history of rapid and disorganised growth, have constructed new public spaces since 1990 and invested in their most deprived areas. Through the creation of balanced and environmentally sustainable areas, both cities have been able to generate a ‘citizen’s culture’ and an enhanced quality of life for all.

Lorenzo Castro holds a degree in Architecture from the Javeriana University in Bogotá (1988). Between 1998 and 2001, he was Director of the city’s Taller Profesional del Espacio Público (Professional Studio of Public Space). Through Bogotá’s Spatial Plan (2000), Castro proposed a strategy for public plazas, a plan for pedestrian avenues, and gave definition to the TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) project, as well as tracing the city’s network of cycle routes, and acting as a member of its Committee for District Parks.

Since 1990, Lorenzo Castro has lectured at Javeriana, the National University of Colombia, Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Pontificia Bolivariana, and at the National University of Cuenca in Ecuador. He currently lectures at the University of the Andes. He has participated in international conferences and events in Mexico, the USA, Bolivia, Venezuela, the Dutch Antilles, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain and in the UK. He has twice been awarded the National Karl Brunner Prize, and the Pan-American Prize for Architecture (2004 and 2010).

An exhibition curated by Castro and Alejandro Echeverri, entitled *Colombian Architecture: A visual narrative of two cities*, will be on show at the Wunderlich Gallery from 3-12 October.

*Where* Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne
*When* Tuesday 4 October, 7-8pm

*Image* Plaza Caidos, Bogotá

To register, go to ["www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lectures/castro":http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lectures/castro/index.html]

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