Teacher/Lehrende: Alicia Sanchez, Marieliz Morales and Jean Ocampo
The existing social and spatial inequalities have influenced and shaped the form of our territories and communities throughout history. As a broad description, spatial inequality can be defined as the mere lack and/or absence of services and unequal distributions of resources in a territory. The consequences of these inequalities can affect directly and indirectly the quality of life of its inhabitants; furthermore, according to the UN, the current Covid-19 pandemic has reflected and increased deep impacts affecting the vulnerable communities the "hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest", but have been expanded since the implementation of industrial and globalised models into the cities and territories. In this seminar, we will explore the phenomenon of spatial inequalities using examples of spaces with an industrial, colonial, and post-colonial background. As well as exploring the conditions that continue leading to the fragmentation and segregation in spaces through micro and macro inequalities (e.g urban poverty, gender violence, accessibility to mobility). The seminar also aims to discover different strategies and alternatives that have contributed to tackling said inequalities. The purpose of this module is to contribute to the spatial inequalities' discussion with perspectives from some authors, writers, filmmakers, musicians, narrators, and artists, who have contributed towards the topic in a more versatile shape and form. At the same time, we seek to create a space for learning and exploration on a topic of high importance that converges us all both as students and as an institution.