The persistence of structural problems in urban and rural areas in Latin America (imbalances, fragmentation, environmental vulnerability) raises questions about the ways in which we interact with the land: what are the specific mechanisms that are deployed to organize multiple activities in a space? What is the sense of territorial order underpinning those mechanisms? What is land managed for? For whom? What are the criteria used to establish the ‘desired use’ of a town or city? By pondering these questions, prefigurative municipalism offers an appealing image of the future and, most importantly, a specific strategy for tackling these issues and developing real alternatives to promote more equitable, egalitarian land-use planning. In this context, this report aims to share ideas for challenging the meanings, tools and practices that shape land management, based on the activism of Ciudad Futura in Santa Fe, Argentina.

Photo by Diego Cazzaretto – Ciudad Futura

This report has been produced thanks to the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.