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The first experience that architect, Felipe Velasquez, had with the social problems of Latin American cities was with his architecture thesis, “Intervention in an Urban Fragment”, which was awarded the best academic project in 2005 by the Colombian Society of Architects. The project dealt with the city of Cali - Velasquez’s hometown and residence until the age of 20 -, which is ranked as one of the most violent cities in Latin America, and focused on the redevelopment of the historic city center.
In 2006, Felipe set off on a yearlong journey across Latin America, beginning in Colombia and ending in Argentina. His travels were enriched with several unique social experiences -from living with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon to participating in the ecological districts of Argentina - and left a profound mark on his life and future aspirations. In 2007, he began a PhD in Art History and Cultural Management, with a focus on the cultural and anthropological issues of his own culture. These studies led to the implementation of the Lapapaya.org social network and the conception of Urmanismo, his theory on urban planning and social networking.
In 2010, having received a scholarship from the EOI, Velasquez moved to Madrid to take master’s courses in Digital Economy and Creative Industries. Currently, he is working toward a master’s in Architectural Management and Design, by way of another scholarship sponsored by the Business Institute of Madrid and London’s Architectural Association School.