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This publication is based on a thesis that studies global mobility and territories in dispersion; a research about problematics of the public space in the context of globalization and territories altered by multiple migration processes.
Based in Rotterdam, Diego Barajas concentrates his research on the urban dispersals shaped by migration, looking first at the Cape Verdean Diaspora and its territorial structure, and then focused on the case of the 'belhuis'.
This project was developed at the Berlage Institute under the guidance of Bart Lootsma in 2001-2002.
Diego Barajas (Colombia, 1975) graduated with Honors Degree in architecture from the Universidad de los Andes in 1999 in Bogotá. He has worked in urban design projects in Bogotá for the local government´s Public Space Program, and in urban research and design projects in Rotterdam. Studies at the Berlage Institute, and in 2002 obtains his Master´s degree under the supervision of Bart Lootsma. His work has appeared in several publications and exhibitions, and in particular at the Witte de With (Centre for Contemporary Art) in Rotterdam, at the Rotterdam Historisch Museum where is part of the permanent collection, in PhotoEspaña 2005, the Panorama Emergente for the 4th Architecture Iberoamerican Biennale in Lima, Peru and Fundación Tapies in Barcelona. Barajas has taught in workshops and studios in places such as the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, The Tamanian Museum in Yerevan or the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has participated in several discussion panels such as Archilab 2004 in Orleans or Europan 9 in Germany on public space and migration. Currently develops his PhD at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.