This issue of AD, Latin America at the Crossroads, exposes how the challenge of the informal city in Latin America has led to new strategies and the creation of a new, more social role for architects and city designers. New urban strategies have been fostered by the progressive policies of city mayors, and are focused on stitching together polarised areas of cities. They are important as they are creating a new architectural discourse, and represent the vanguard in mitigating social segregation and spatial injustice in cities across the globe.
These new methodologies are home grown, site specific solutions to local problems. For this reason, they differ enormously from the modernist methodologies developed in Latin America´s cities in the 1940s through 70s which were out of scale with their context, and responded to a vastly different scale of economy.