LAC Cities Collective

2019 protests in Chie

The Latin American and Caribbean Cities Collective (LAC Cities Collective) is a collaborative space for faculty, students, and community members dedicated to promoting discussion and reflection on the multiple forms of urbanization and urbanism that shape the everyday lives of the majority of people living in the LAC region.

The collective first and foremost acknowledges the unequal power relations implicit in how cities in the region have been shaped. It also recognizes that struggles over urban space and the right to the city are central to understanding politics, everyday forms of democracy and citizenship, the multiple ways of oppression and marginalization, and the alternative forms of inclusion and participation in the region. As a space for discussion, sharing and reflection based in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the collective aims to highlight the experiential knowledge of ordinary people and to engage with creative and radical methodologies, pluriversal and decolonial perspectives, plebeian-popular, feminist and insurgent initiatives that support the reproduction of life across diverse urban contexts. The collective also looks to build bridges, extend conversations, and learn from/with Migrant, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx urbanisms across all of the Americas.

Upcoming Events


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Our Fall 2022 programming has wrapped up, but two visitors are lined up for the Spring 2023 semester. 

On April 3rd, Sofía Zaragocín (pictured left) visited campus. She is a professor in the Department of International Relations, School of Social Studies and Humanities at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. 






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We are thrilled to announce the upcoming visit of Clara Irazábal to our campus!

In her talk, Clara will be addressing the most pressing planning challenges in Latin American and Caribbean cities. Drawing on her vast expertise and research, she will provide panoramic views of the current conditions in the region, as well as highlight urban case studies in Brazil, Colombia, and Chile. Clara will also share some strategies for overcoming these challenges and achieving better scenarios for 2030.

Join us for an enlightening lecture and stimulating discussion, along with a complimentary lunch. Register now at the link provided to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

May 4th at 12:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center, Room 300.
"Planning Latin American cities 2030: present challenges and opportunities."
Clara Irazábal, a distinguished Professor and Director of Urban Studies & Planning at the University of Maryland,

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Past Events

Affiliated Faculty and Students