Nelson Carofilis

Nelson Carofilis
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Faculty of Architecture

Master of Human Settlements (MSc.)


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My work aims to understand how lived experience and dialogues between urbanists and grassroots movements inform collective action and alternative design practices in environmentally and socially vulnerable human settlements.


Publications (6)
This chapter enquires into the linkages between household dynamics, community development, and the shifting environmental conditions of consolidated informal settlements in Guayaquil. The discussion is centred on the radical transformations of the densely populated waterfronts of Suburbio in terms of six decades of grassroots incremental developmen...
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El presente artículo analiza en perspectiva histórica tres lapsos de la historia y transformación del delta del río Guayas, con el propósito de examinar las contradicciones e interdependencias entre su urbanismo y su contexto natural. El estudio se basa en la idea de que una lectura crítica de la transformación urbano-ecológica del territorio en pe...
The following chapter is centered on the endeavors of a small number of researchers and lecturers who joined forces with urban residents of consolidated riverbank settlements in Guayaquil (Ecuador) threatened with eviction due to the implementation of an ‘ecological’ mega-project. This large-scale ministry-led intervention over Guayaquil’s urban wa...
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This paper inquires into the linkages between land tenure dynamics and the specific spatial reality of consolidated low-income settlements in the city of Guayaquil. The discussion is centered on radical transformations of the densely populated waterfronts of the Estero Salado in terms of its incremental consolidation of three or more decades and ne...
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Comparing housing typologies (projects) using a pluralist framework. An idea that can be further developed to generate a framework for comparative studies of housing projects in different geographies. This approach has the potential to highlight the dissimilarities among housing approach globally.
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El artículo estudia la emergente noción de patrimonio como recurso para el desarrollo desde dos entradas1: la disciplina de la conservación urbana y los discursos globales en torno a la cultura y el desarrollo. Al examinar los avances en ambas y aclarar los vínculos entre la ciudad, los entornos históricos y la sostenibilidad, se identifican un con...


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Habitat III - CIU Habitat - 2nd prize - investigación participativa basado en diseño y colaboración con comunidades en Guayaquil para una negociación de una ciudad inclusiva y ambientalmente justa. Colaboración entre la Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo y la Escuela de Sociología, Universidad de Guayaquil.