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From Occupation to Urban Design: Empower Citizens with Participatory System | Sofía Unanue | TEDxUPR
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Added Jul 21, 2016
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Yes, urban renovation is possible through the community’s contribution in restructuring and revitalizing old and abandoned spaces. This talk proves that a more unified, creative and secure lifestyle can be obtained by micro moves in the community.

Esta charla te demostrará que sí es posible la renovación urbana mediante la aportación de la comunidad para reestructurar y mejorar espacios perdidos o dañados. Así, se crea un estilo de vida más unido, creativo y seguro para la comunidad y para Puerto Rico.

Sofía graduated from Brown University in 2011, where she received a B.A. in International Development with a regional focus on the Arab World and Latin America. In Latin America, Sofía worked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the International Relations Coordinator for the drug reform campaign, "Lei de Drogas: é preciso mudar". In the Arab World, she studied Arabic in Damascus, Syria throughout 2009, and later conducted her thesis research in Cairo in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Her honors thesis, "Revolutionary Words: Protest Space and Ideational Frames in Tahrir Square" was the winner of the Brown University Distinguished Senior Thesis Award.
Sofía soon became interested in urban studies and the creation of inclusive and participatory cities. In 2014, Sofía moves back to her home country, Puerto Rico, where she co-founds La Maraña - a non-profit organization that aims to revitalize cities by integrating ordinary citizens in urban design processes.

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