Centro de Inteligencia Territorial: Mapping for society

Centro de Inteligencia TerritorialInvestigador Centro de Conflicto y Cohesión Social //
Santiago //
July 13th 2017 //

Looking through Luis´s books

Luis works at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in the DesignLAB. He is the Director of the Centre of Intelligent Territory. A Research Centre that uses mapping techniques to better understand the complex and interrelated functions of the city.  The research areas include socio-spatial, economic, urban planning policies, geo-demography and physical and cultural phenomena focused on the dynamics of people living and working in an urban environment. The Center has a territorial data base of 22 Chilean cities. One tool Mientorno.com is the first regional platform of geographical information presented in a unified, clear and comprehensible way. Inviting the user to explore more about the demographic, social and economic information in a zone or neighbourhood that they define.

In 2004 Luis worked on this book: Bringing the Harvard Yards to the River

fac_pub_busquets_bringing_harvard_yardsThe book contains maps that capture the multiple spaces and buildings, domains and landscapes, university spaces and city spaces, around the Harvard Campus. The book shows the physical reality of the Campus in relation to the city and  allows for a better understanding of its everyday spaces, their purposeful or underused functions. Giving the Campus a context outside of itself. The creation of this book inspired Luis´s ideas about intelligent territories and how territorial information could be mapped to give us a deeper understanding of the spaces and places we occupy.

In 2010 Luis was invited to create an exhibition in Santiago de Chile, asking questions to the city and showing the answers. There were eight maps in the exhibition. For example:

  • A map showing the locations of different protest movements.
  • A map that showed the cost of housing against cultural initiatives in the city. Discovering the territorial bias between wealth and access to culture. “There is a deep segregation.”
  • He mapped the central business districts in the city against information showing the time it takes from different parts of the city to travel to those places.
  • He mapped income v´s types of street markets and supermarkets. Showing the bias of supermarket locations with the higher income neighbourhoods. And street markets being in lower income neighbourhoods. The market therefore dictating the choices people have, and the hours in which they can shop for their food.
  • There was a map showing the density of construction v´s the (NIBES) not in my back yards. For example prisons, disposal sites, stadiums etc. Showing again the bias against lower cost higher density housing in the urban development of the city.

We learnt how the design of the city could be much more influenced and ruled by the evidence that exists in the city scape

He formed the Centre of Intelligent Territory to apply all the research to real solutions. Pushing the university to address what is really happening outside its walls. There are 20 people that work in the centre, geographers, architects, mathematicians. They are continuously modelling for several cities across Chile.

Territory is a new tool for design… how we properly understand the deep inequalities and segration within our cities… and design diffently with this evidence… I am interested in architecture being more democratised, and at a larger scale





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