Clara Irazabal-Zurita Wins Award for Co-authored Article

Clara Irazabal sits in her officeClara Irazábal-Zurita, UMKC Professor of Planning and Director of Latinx Studies, recently received a Best Journal Article Award from the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

The award-winning article, “Contesting Tina: Community Planning Alternatives for Disaster Reconstruction in Chile”, analyzes the dynamics that have led to adverse conditions in Talca, Chile and the insufficiently supported alternative community-based initiatives that could have allowed Talca to redevelop in more sustainable and equitable ways.

“Talca, Chile, has been negatively impacted by both a major 2010 earthquake and the ensuing reconstruction process,” the article states. “Talca’s poor have been forced out from their neighborhoods and relocated to remote areas where employment, public transportation, and basic services are limited.”

In the article, Irazábal and co-author Francisco Letlier analyzed three examples of community-driven interventions in housing and reconstruction planning, effectively dismantling the concept of neoliberalism’s inevitable response to disasters: the cases of the community-based Reconstruction Plan for Talca, the inclusionary housing project Los Maitenes, and the reconstruction of public buildings that had been targeted for removal and private concessions.

Irazábal was presented the award at the 2017 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference the week of Oct. 12 – 15 in Denver.

According to the ACSP website, the organization honors faculty and students, each year, who have distinguished themselves or made major contributions to the academy or to the profession.

This year, ACSP awarded several prizes, including the Global Planning Interest Group’s Best Journal Article Award, for papers prepared as part of research projects, academic studies, public service or outreach efforts, or for service to ACSP, the Academy, or the profession.

This story was originally published on October 23, 2017, by UMKC UMatters