SoA Lecture: Gabriela Rendon

New south global south
January 17, 2024 - 2:00 PM
Boardman Auditorium/Storrs 110

Gabriela Rendón is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development and Founding Director of Parsons Housing Justice Lab at The New School. She currently co-coordinates the Graduate Minor in Design and Urban Justice and is a Faculty Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought (2022-2023). Rendón’s expertise and research interests include community planning and design, socio-spatial restructuring of immigrant neighborhoods, rise and settlement of Latinx urban communities, housing and tenants rights, gentrification and displacement, cooperative housing models, as well as other collective and non-speculative housing development schemes providing equitable development in profit-driven urban environments. She is a board member of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust and the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association. She has previously served other community-based organizations and boards, including the Left Forum in New York City.

Rendón is co-founder of Urban Front, a transnational consultancy offering localized knowledge to public and third-sector organizations that work for social and environmental justice, and of Cohabitation Strategies, a nonprofit that facilitates community-led local efforts through participatory frameworks leading to urban and social transformation. She has worked on urban and community-based projects commissioned by nonprofits, public agencies, municipalities, and national governments across cities in Western Europe and South and North America. Gabriela’s work has been exhibited at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), the Portugal Triennial 2016, the Vienna Biennale 2015, the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012, and the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. She has authored and co-edited publications on housing, cooperative urban practices, and neighborhood restructuring. She is working on two books, Defiant Neighborhoods: Rise, Revitalization, and Gentrification of Immigrant Communities in Latinx Brooklyn and Cohabitation Strategies: Thoughts and Actions for the Co-Production of Social Space.

Rendón earned a Ph.D. in Spatial Planning and Strategy and a MS in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and a BS in Architecture from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. Prior to teaching at The New School, she taught at the European Masters in Urbanism at Delft University of Technology. Rendón was born and raised in Mexico and worked at the Tijuana/San Diego border region where she developed a passion for immigrant and housing justice. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

This is the fifth lecture in the School of Architecture's 23-24 Lecture Series, New South meets Global South.