National Personification and Founding Father: An American Perspective on José Gervasio Artigas

  All year long, I couldn’t avoid this man with sideburns, combed back hair and a pointy nose. His name and image were more present than any other in the public sphere. A quick perusal at the shelves of a Montevideo bookstore will reveal more tomes on this man than any other human, dead or… Read More National Personification and Founding Father: An American Perspective on José Gervasio Artigas

Saludo a Los Barrios: An Urbanist’s Musical Tour of Montevideo

I have just completed a chapter synthesizing the urban historical geography of Montevideo through its tapestry of neighborhoods and the incredible wealth of music that is rooted in place. The best way to delve into the individual character of Montevideo’s barrios is through music. It’s not that each neighborhood has its own genre, though certain… Read More Saludo a Los Barrios: An Urbanist’s Musical Tour of Montevideo

MEVIR: Uruguay’s Little Houses on the Prairie

Excerpt from chapter on the journey from Montevideo into Uruguay’s interior profundo.   Despite it’s remoteness, Ruta 7 has not escaped Uruguayan musical consciousness. Jorge Nasser’s Ruta 7 is an ode to the road. The former leader of rock band Niquel describes this part of the country, beautifully and accurately, touching on the state of the… Read More MEVIR: Uruguay’s Little Houses on the Prairie

“Bajando a Montevideo, Canarios y la Ciudad”: When Country Meets City

Acá subo el capitulo entero porque trata de tantos amigos y quiero compartir con ellos.   Hace algunas referencias a cosas que defino en capítulos anteriores. Espero que les gusten. This is a chapter about the journey from country to city, and how people’s lives straddle both urban and rural worlds. Ch. 9: “Bajando a Montevideo, Canarios… Read More “Bajando a Montevideo, Canarios y la Ciudad”: When Country Meets City

Punta del Este and The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jan/20/punta-del-este-uruguay-elitest-gated-city-urban-future-st-tropez-south-america   British newspaper The Guardian recently published an article written by Oliver Balch describing Punta del Este as an “uber-rich ‘gated city’ ”. Sensationalizing the extravagant tastes of elites during the ePrix and contrasting it with the struggles of laborers in nearby asentamientos (slums) he asks if Punta is “a glimpse of our urban… Read More Punta del Este and The Guardian