Analysis of Urban Transformation Through the Use of Expanded Research Tools

Ana Elena Builes-Vélez, Lina María Suárez Velásquez, Leonardo Correa Velásquez, Diana Carolina Gutiérrez Aristizábal

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    In recent years, urban design development has been an important topic in Latin American cities such as Medellín due to the transformation of their urban spaces, along with the new methods used to evaluate the social, morphological, and, in some cases, economic impacts that have been brought about by the urban development projects. When inquiring about the development process and impact of urban studies, and the inhabitants’ relation to a transformed space, it is important to establish the context within which images, drawings, and photographs are analyzed, using graphical approaches triangulated with other research methods to define comparative criteria. In this article, we reflect on the expanded use of various research tools for the analysis of urban transformation, taking with reference the experience lived by a group of researchers in two Latin American cities. From this, it is intended to understand how they work and how they allow us to understand the urban transformation of these cities, the data obtained, and the vision of the researchers.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSAGE Open
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2021

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    The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

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    • comparative studies
    • photography analysis
    • urban intervention
    • visual analysis


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