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dc.contributor.advisorPérez-Ramos, Pablo
dc.contributor.authorGrisales, Juan David
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-11T07:01:54Z
dash.embargo.terms2023-06-09
dc.date.created2021
dc.date.issued2021-05-20
dc.date.submitted2021-05
dc.identifier.citationGrisales, Juan David. 2021. From Humboldt to Caldas: On Environmental Liberations by Means of Tropical Altitudinalization. Master's thesis, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
dc.identifier.other28541544
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37367887*
dc.description.abstractWhen we stand on earth and think of the world in latitudinal terms, we are minimal, yet this is the world we attempt to conquer and pretend to comprehend. When we stand at low altitudes in the tropics, in front of tropical glaciers, we can see the world – through Altitude – without the need to go out in space to synthesize an image of this planet. This thesis proposes a deviation from reading the world in latitudinal terms, to see beyond North vis-à-vis South dichotomies, and to transcend binary norms that have largely defined and misinterpreted tropical environments. While many of these territories have achieved political independence, the colonial structures of power and imperial views remain, and they continue to govern us. The work is developed through two interconnected components. First, a group of essays that examine and conceptualize a series of “Environmental Liberations” in the tropical Andes, which include liberations of ecologies, grounds, and publics, but most importantly, liberations of the mind, social constructions, and imposed norms that are constantly manifested in the built and non-built environment. Second, these ideas are also narrated and abstractly projected through time and space to generate a “Tropical Journey,” as a timeline to disseminate history and a device to assess tropical diversity. This historical trip and landscape narration are an invitation to read the earth’s short elevation, which only extends a few kilometers, and explores how altitude becomes “a Tropical Liberation” – a disassociation from misperceptions of “Tropical” as a homogeneous hot and humid climatic condition.
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dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectAlexander Von Humboldt
dc.subjectBiogeography
dc.subjectDecolonization
dc.subjectEnvironmental Liberation
dc.subjectFrancisco Jose de Caldas
dc.subjectTropical Andes
dc.subjectGeography
dc.subjectEnvironmental studies
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.titleFrom Humboldt to Caldas: On Environmental Liberations by Means of Tropical Altitudinalization
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorGrisales, Juan David
dash.embargo.until2023-06-09
dc.date.available2021-06-11T07:01:54Z
thesis.degree.date2021
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Graduate School of Design
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMDes
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWaldheim, Charles
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWall, Alexander
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentAdvanced Studies Program
dash.author.emailjdg237@gmail.com


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