Global Devices: The Construction of Large Urban Project in Mexico City

Author/s Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/101-102
Language Italian Pages 21 P. 146-166 File size 131 KB
DOI 10.3280/ASUR2011-101007
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The spatial impact of globalization was a major objet of analysis for Milton Santos, pointing to the fact that economic flows entailed different levels, intensities and orientations. Moreover, Santos distinguished hegemonic flows from hegemonized flows, where in the first case are fast and effective, and in the former far slower. This gramscian approach is useful to analyze Megaprojects in Latin America and particularly Santa Fe, in the western part of Mexico City, as a corporative development project inscribed in global hegemonic flows. Displaying a different speed than the rest of the city while developing in time into a corporative and real state hub, Santa Fe reveals itself as a device of economic power in the midst of a distant, impoverished and unrelated horizontality to global flows.

Keywords: Globalization, power, inequity, fragmentation, Mexico City.

Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera, Dispositivi della globalizzazione: la costruzione di grandi progetti urbani a Città del Messico in "ARCHIVIO DI STUDI URBANI E REGIONALI" 101-102/2011, pp 146-166, DOI: 10.3280/ASUR2011-101007