Research

  • A Cartography of Interconnection: Jaguars, Humans, and the Redesign of Urbanscapes in the Americas
  • GRANTEE
    Juana Salcedo
    GRANT YEAR
    2020

Juana Salcedo, “Territories of interconnection,” 2020. Digital collage. Courtesy the author

This project maps the “urbanscapes” that overlap with the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, an unprecedented large-scale conservation plan to prevent the extinction of the jaguar by ensuring its movement from northern Argentina to the Southern US. Far from an isolated environment, the Jaguar Corridor is in friction with urban, agricultural, and extractive landscapes and infrastructures. Linking wildlife conservation with urban life, through the development of a cartography of interconnection, this research provides a further understanding of the environmental reach of urban territories in the Americas and their entanglement with the jaguar habitat. In doing so, the project imagines alternative landscapes of coexistence between human and non-human species. The Jaguar Corridor is foregrounded in this work as a fundamental challenge for policy makers, urban planners, and architects to consider their impact within the Corridor and help jaguars return to their native ecosystems.

Juana Salcedo works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. She is based in Bogotá, where she works as a designer and consultant and lectures in the School of Architecture at Universidad de Los Andes. Her research draws concepts and methods from environmental history, urban studies, and science and technology studies to reconnect architecture and cities with the larger environmental and socioeconomic processes that shape them, with a focus on Latin America. In doing so, she recalibrates the spatial tools of architecture to recognize design as an environmental-making process. She also explores visualization and mapping as key means to foreground spatial issues and territorial discussions to broader audiences. Salcedo studied architecture and history at Universidad de Los Andes and also holds a master’s of environmental design from Yale University.