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OSORIO MÉNDEZ Angela María

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2005 I started studying Architecture and Visual Arts at the Universidad Javeriana (Bogotà, Colombia). Then, due to a double degree scholarship program, I graduated from a MSc in Architettura, Costruzione, Città at the Politecnico di Torino. On 2013 while doing an internship in the Urban Renewal project driven by the Comitato Urban Barriera di Milano, I enrolled in a one-year postgraduate program in "Habitat, Tecnologia e Sviluppo" within the Research Center in "Tecnologia, architettura e città nei Paesi in via di sviluppo" at the Politecnico di Torino. 

The title of my final dissertation was "Towards the 'Urban Age': The Roma people case as a key lecture for interpreting and rethinking Urban Spaces". In my investigation I focused on the authorized (and thus legal) Roma people Camps in Italy. I chose this subject because the Roma camps show comparable characteristics (mainly physical) to the unauthorized settlements found in Bogota's periphery. This led me to explore the way an European context such as Italy, and some of its cities, through various policies and programs that reflect specific political ideological approaches, deal with the critical situation Roma people are facing today.
Having lived abroad and having had an international education, I have become very interested in exploring common problems that can be found in southern and northern hemisphere countries since I highly believe that the colliding zones of these problems and the diverse problem-solving skills of these "antipode" countries, constitute a very fertile ground for further investigating, encouraging mutual learning, and visualizing new ways to address complex situations as those we are facing nowadays within urban systems.

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