Events / 2017

Contested Urban Waterscapes in Medellín


Date: 22 December, 2017

Marcela López was selected as a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich (2017-2018) to work in a book manuscript and a scientific article on prepaid water meters.

The lecture was recorded and can be accessed here

Landscapes of Energy

Summer School

Location: Critical Concrete – Social & Sustainable Architecture Porto, Portugal
Date: 16-20 August, 2017

Urban studies usually place a strong analytical focus on cities. Although cities are important sites to investigate how infrastructures sustain the material flows of capital, people and goods, such studies fall short of explaining how cities are highly dependent on the abstraction of natural resources and transformation of distant landscapes to support contemporary urban life. Through a series of lectures, CUW is invited to explore with the students the role that energy infrastructures play in transforming distant hinterlands, and how our everyday consumption patters are involved in these transformations. Ethical and political perspectives are introduced into a topic that appears to be very technical.

For more information on Critical Concrete

Tracing Urban Flows

Speisekino / Food and Footage

Location: Zentrum für Kust und Urbanistik (ZK/U), Berlin
Date: 11 July, 2017

This Speisekino is organized as an outcome of the course “Environment, Politics & Urban Infrastructures” offered by the Urban Management Program at the Technische Universität Berlin. CUW together with the students select a series of short documentaries that explore the relationship between cities, social inequalities and politics. The documentaries cover a wide range of issues including the disposal of electronic waste, the dark aspects of food and the everyday struggles to cope with energy disruptions. The main goal of this event is to transform an academic program into a cultural event to question urban sustainability issues by showing the strong connection between the growing consumption in cities and the geographies of resource extraction and waste disposal.

In cooperation with the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik/Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) and the Urban Management Program, Technische Universität Berlin

Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa

Book Launch

Location: Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín
Date: 22 March, 2017

This book launch presents “Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia” edited by Marcela López.


Film Screening ¡O Comemos o Pagamos! – Either We Eat or We Pay (2015)
Roundtable discussion

This event is organized in partnership with Instituto de Estudios Regionales (INER) and Instituto de Estudios Políticos, Universidad de Antioquia.

Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa


Location: Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá
Date: 09 March, 2017

This talk presents some of the outcomes of the book “Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia” edited by Marcela López and it is followed by a discussion with the students from Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Nacional.

Instituto Pensar, Universidad Javeriana Bogotá