Leandro Minuchin

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  • Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Global Urbanism, Architecture
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Biography

 

Leandro Minuchin was born in Rosario, Argentina. In 2002 he was awarded a Licenciatura in Political Science from the National University of Rosario (first). In 2005 he obtained a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Salamanca (distinction) where he focused on urban politics and the production of urban infrastructure in neoliberal Buenos Aires. Also in 2005, he completed a MSc in Modernity, Space and Place at UCL (distinction), working on urban political ecology and the emergence of urban discourse in Buenos Aires. In 2010 he completed his PhD, funded by the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award, on material imaginations and political theory at the Urban Laboratory, UCL. He joined MARC as a Lecturer in Architecture and Global Urbanism in August, 2010.

Further information

Leandro's research focuses on the politics of construction and the role infrastructural repertoires play in the consolidation of extended networks of solidarity and association. He investigates how social movements, construction firms, local organisations and developers use the moment of construction to prefigure territorial articulations. He is currently exploring alternative construction practices in Argentina and Ecuador. He has been involved in creating multiple collaborative platforms to investigate and develop alternative urban interventions. He created Material Politics, an architectural research practice that focuses on the fabrication of radical infraestructures. 
 

My research interests revolve around four interrelated themes

Politics of construction: infrastructural repertoires, social movements and local politics

Material imaginations: the role of construction in the crafting of urban futures in Latin America

Material histories: modern architecture, concrete and the invention of urban natures

New materialisms: assemblages, articulation, prefiguration and the moment of construction as theoretical fields 

Opportunities

I welcome phd proposals addressing these topics:

The politics of construction 

Construction practices in Latin America. Building cooperatives, construction firms and materiality as a site for experimentation and organization.Material networks, techno-popular knowledges of construction and land-struggle in Latin America. Construction and the repertoire for contentious politics.

Prefigurative urbanisms and modes of urban activism

Urban social movements, anti-capitalist manifestos and local politics. Urban infrastructures as repertoires for collective aciton.

New materialisms

post-foundational theories, articulation, assemblages, prefiguration and construction as theoretical nodes. 

Material methodologies

Alternative methods in architecture research, construction and action research. Material and visual ethnographies.

Teaching

Current

Prefigurative architectures (MArch). First term. Convenor

Materials, methods and the city. Convenor. 

Research Design and Practice (SEED, PhDs). First term. Course co-ordinator 

Qualitative tactics (SEED, PhDs). Second term. Course co-ordinator

Quantitative tactics (SEED, PhDs). Second term. Course co-ordinator

Provocaciones urbanas (urban provocations), Faculty of Political Science, University of Rosario (Argentina). Interdisciplinary course (4th year). Collaborator. 

Previous teaching

Contested Peripheries Studio (MArch). Studio tutor

World Urbanism (3rd year, BA in Architecture). Contributor 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Areas of expertise

  • F1201 Latin America (General)
  • JC Political theory
  • NA Architecture

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute

Keywords

  • New materialisms
  • material politics
  • urban social movements
  • politics of construction
  • prefiguration
  • articulation

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