Analysing housing in Bogotá from and infrastructural framework.

Authors: Jeimy Arias Castano*, Université De Montréal
Topics: Urban Geography, Latin America, Social Geography
Keywords: Housing, Infrastructures, Financialization, Latin American Geography, Urban geography
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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When we think of infrastructures, usually we think of pipes, roads, or dams, but houses are also infrastructural projects. Thinking in housing as an infrastructure leads us to question about how housing moves development and modernity discourses, mediate market access and enable the reproduction of capital and the expansion of the power of the state. This project proposes to take in consideration this theoretical approach to analyze the financing of the infrastructures and housing projects in Bogota, Colombia. Every day, infrastructures are constructed, operated and repaired, and that requires complex exchanges between regulations, markets, governments and transnational agents in the financing of the infrastructures (Torrance, 2009). With this project, the intention is to put debt and credit into historical perspective and have conditioned the materialization of the infrastructure, in a context in which social housing has been tied to these credit mechanisms and to a private property system since the 40s, unlike other countries where welfare state models existed. Studying credit and debt could reveal continuities with past policies. For example, the negative effects on the cities of the Global South that are forced to change social objectives and privilege large infrastructures and transform their public service fee collection systems, to gain access to the credits (Acevedo Guerrero et al., 2016; McFarlane, 2008). In my project, I try to put the question of financing in historical perspective could provide nuances about the way we think about financialization and neoliberalization of infrastructures.

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