The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Vicente Burgos Salas

Vicente is a lawyer from Universidad de Chile, MSc Development Administration & Planning, and PhD candidate in UCL.

His practice has been focused on social housing and urban planning, with an emphasis on the conception and elaboration on urban regulation and norms.

He has been National Director of Social Housing in the NGO Techo, heading a team responsible for more tan 100 social housing projects. This work was recognized, among others, with the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (Best Practice Transfer) awarded by the Dubai Municipality and UN- Habitat in 2012. He also worked in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Chile, specifically in the production and interpretation of urban norms. He also has been a teacher assistant at the Universidad de Chile. He is part of the board of Fundación Proyecto Propio.

Title: The role of urban regulation on increasing conflicts in Chilean Cities.

Keywords: Urban Regulation, Segregation, Chile, Policy.

Abstract: Vicente`s research proposes to analyse how the urban regulation and planning norms has undermined the possibilities of integration of social housing within the city. It also contends the possibility of generating urban norms that solve conflicts with the planning system and the participatory framework that applies in Chile.

Urban norms and regulation decidedly influence the type of city that is built. Urban legislation and its consequences in planning defines the characteristics of the city, its neighbourhoods and distribution. At the same time, the process of global urbanization has been accompanied by an increasingly specific urban norms and regulation that have deepen the complexity of urban development and planning of cities.

One of the objectives of rules system is to anticipate to conflicts and set guides and procedures for their solution. However, the generation and application of norms and regulation is a process neither objective nor unproblematic. Vicente thesis holds that in the Chilean process of generation of urban norms, the encounter of several stakeholders and the develop of rules which shapes the space and the city, do not allow the generation of agreements that actually prevail in the city. Indeed, it is argued that conflicts may increase given the prevailing urban norms.

The research will investigate the impact of urban legislation and urban planning norms have had on residential segregation and inequality prevailing in the Chilean cities. The case study therefore reflects on the evolution of urban rules in different cities of Chile, analysing possibilities that enable the generation of community agreements while allowing combat segregation.

Main Supervisor: Colin Marx

Secondary Supervisor: Jorge Fiori

Funders: Becas Chile, CONICYT