Cornell University

Domingo Acosta Lecture: Affordable Public Housing in Venezuela

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 12:20pm to 2:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Affordable Public Housing in Venezuela: Planning and Urban Design in a Socialist Context

Domingo Acosta is an architect and urban designer whose research concentrates on sustainable urbanism and architecture, with a practice focused on new affordable public housing developments. He is also a professor at the College of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Acosta received a master of architecture and a doctorate in architecture from the University of California–Berkeley.

Acosta will discuss the current planning environment in Venezuela which is facing challenges as the Venezuelan government has undertaken an unprecedented program to build hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units. This goal was intensified by the 2012 presidential election campaign promises of better housing. One main result is an ethical challenge for planners and designers — how to deal with the government’s election promises and populist-socialist goals, while giving priority to serving the public interest and improving the quality of life of tenants and their communities.

Sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning


Event Type



College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, City and Regional Planning, Sustainability


humanities, aap, myC


Contact Name

City and Regional Planning Office

Contact Phone

(607) 255-9987


Domingo Acosta

Speaker Affiliation

Universidad Central de Venezuela

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