Intercultural Processes in Architecture, Urbanism and Territory Research Group (PIAUT).

We are a research group in architecture, urban planning and geography that seeks to understand intercultural processes in different territories. We seek to contribute to current debates on historical and ongoing processes of conformation of cities from a critical perspective and from a recognition of internal colonization processes of nation-states. We are particularly interested in investigating the effects of public policies, territorial planning processes and expansive urbanization as current mechanisms of territorial colonization. We seek to understand the territorial impact of extractive neoliberal logics and processes of accumulation by dispossession on Indigenous peoples. We believe that it is urgent to address the emergence of new territorial realities with diverse geographical and political tensions to open debates on new processes of territorial colonization faced by native peoples under the paradigm of a world-system.

We are interested in sharing knowledge and actions regarding processes of domination and resistance that different Indigenous peoples are developing to create their own ways of living in relation to their territories. We aspire to open new spaces for the construction of ideas and practices in relation to planning and territorial management.


Yanina Herrera Juanillo:
(Research Group)

Degree in Architecture, recipient of the Intercultural Program Scholarship UdeC-UCO 1995. Master’s student in Sustainable Urban Processes at the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography of the University of Concepción. Mapuche lavkenche architect born in an urban context. I have investigated internal colonization processes by the State of Chile which have brought about new realities for the world of native peoples who today are mostly residents of urban centers. It is necessary for me to open the debate in order to develop sustainable and pertinent planning actions from the native peoples and from the State, deepening the understanding of processes of forced territorial and identity disconnection that affects these peoples. I look at this both from my discipline and from my cultural identity.


Matthew Caulkins:
(Research Group)

Architect from the University of Sao Paulo and PhD in urban studies from RMIT University. I seek to better understand cultures and contribute to helping marginalized groups. I am interested in analyzing the formal systems that we create to organize ourselves and to try to generate greater equality. I seek to contribute to a deeper decolonization of the various existing spatio-legal worlds not only in theory but also in everyday practices.


Diego Benavente:
(Research Group)

Geographer graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography of the University of Concepción. Recipient of the Intercultural Program Scholarship UdeC-UCO 1995. First generation of professionals from a Nahuelbutana family born in the heart of the Mapuche territory. I seek to complement and innovate in the management of territorial information to better understand the socio-environmental and historical processes that make up territories at different scales. I have a special interest in seeking and building intercultural bridges that can help us analyze and build new ways of understanding each other and of knowing the world.


Mauro Fontana:
(Research Group)

Architect, Master in Human Settlements and Environment and Doctor in Architecture and Urban Studies. The design of an olive-growing oasis for a cooperative of irrigators in the semi-arid north of the Los Choros ravine; the socio-spatial analysis of the forest impact on the Nagche of Lumaco territory; the understanding of the spatialities built by the Mapuche population as they are displaced and organized in the Metropolitan Area of Santiago; are three theses and investigations that have built a trajectory of knowledge and personal life. A trajectory linked to participating, understanding and proposing in the face of different scenarios of dispossession that affect many peoples and human communities under the neo-liberal colonization of territories. They are expressions where – from the precariousness of material living conditions, forced displacements, and their own ways of living – resistance and resilience, their own ways of thinking, organizing and acting persist in these territories. These are expressions that go beyond the forms of the State and the market, but also work through them.
In particular, I am interested in unveiling the colonial nature of the productive processes that the subsidiary state installs in territories, linking rural and urban areas and which have a direct impact on Indigenous populations by influencing their contemporary forms of territorial fragmentation and recomposition as peoples.


Magdalena Ugarte:
(External organizer)

PhD in Planning from the University of British Columbia. Given the role of planning and other spatial disciplines in facilitating and legitimizing Indigenous dispossession, I believe it is essential to destabilize the dominant discourses and practices in urban and land use planning, as well as to make visible and promote other ways of understanding and inhabiting these territories. Indigenous planning predates the formation of national states, so its continuity at the same time questions state territoriality and reaffirms the uninterrupted existence of Indigenous ways of living with the environment.


Dante Choque:
( External organizer )

Dante Choque-Caseres is an Aymara Indigenous person. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, a Master’s degree in Management for Globalization (Univ. de Chile) and a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration (Univ. de Tarapacá). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (CIIR). In addition, he has served as a consultant for various projects related to the evaluation of social impacts, strategic territorial planning, community development and productive development of indigenous communities in northern Chile. His research interest is focused on understanding the trajectories of Indigenous communities in the process of translocal and cross-border mobility together with their influence on urban and rural territorial relations within the framework of interculturality, development and sustainability.