Miguel Robles-Duran

(b. 1975) is a Mexican born architect and urbanist.

He studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, as well as urbanism at The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He is co-founder of the “Cohabitation Strategies” - a cooperative for socio-spatial development based in New York and Rotterdam, which focuses on design interventions and development strategies in the areas of uneven urbanization and urban social conflict. He is director of the Urban Ecologies graduate program at the New School/Parsons in New York and is a founding member of Civic City, a postgraduate interdisciplinary research program based in Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD Geneve). Robles-Durán recently co-edited a book Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization, which is a sharp comment on the dire consequences of the neoliberal urban policies towards today cities and a suggestion of possible alternatives to the market-driven development. Miguel Robles-Duran also taught urban theory and design at many universities around the world (Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, Woodbury University in Los Angeles/San Diego, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Delft University of Technology, Berlage Institute in Rotterdam).

Auditorium Moscow has invited Miguel Robles-Duran to speak about Civic City, an interdisciplinary eductionial initiative and think tank which he helped to found, and its efforts in redefining urban space as a place of civic activity and social engagement. He will join with Moscow architects and urbanists in a discussion on the perspectives of the development of Moscow as a civic city.