Santiago Neoliberal

Teaching, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile
with Rosanna Forray

“Neoliberalization hasn’t been very effective in revitalizing global capital accumulation, but it has succeeded remarkably well in restoring, or in some instances creating, the power of an economic elite. The theoretical utopianism of neoliberal argument has, I conclude, primarily worked as a system of justification and legitimation for whatever needed to be done to achieve this goal.” D. Harvey, A brief history of Neoliberalism

Urban transformation and other phenomenon observed in the city can be analyzed and explained through different points of views: from the social, from the political or the economical spectrum, for example. Chile and, by consequence, Santiago, has been a territory of experiment regarding those three aspects since Pinochet and his “Chicago Boys” - Milton Friedman’s boys - took the power by force and impose a new system of governance. Decades after, the effects of such radical system can be seen within the urban fabric, as shown in these drawings: land speculation, urban segregation, mass consummation and other phenomenon brought directly or indirectly by neoliberal policies. Students: F. Acuña, C. Albornoz, F. Avendaño, S. Canales, J. Echaís, M. Kuck, M. Maisto, S. Mingo, N. Navarrette, A. Osorío, A. Penso, B. Pinedo, Y. Rosenberg.

Santiago, Chile