Mitchell de Sousa
Analysis of autonomous economic strategies and urban planning instruments for implementing innovative social projects in Trelew, Argentina.

All of the sustainable development goals’ targets focus on the political action that local administration should take to improve the quality of life in these areas. However, in the actual neoliberal context, economy, politics, and hegemonic power are concentrated in the cities. (Sassen, 2002) While the roles of the nation-state still dominate international political discussions, it is in the cities where the main networks of concentration of power and capital are generated, Thus, the imbalance between cities means that some have more capacity to meet SDG 11 targets than others. Medium-sized and small cities that have gone through different urban growth processes in other stages, now find themselves increasingly dependent on their own resources. However, they are still tied to outdated institutional structures that do not allow them to manage and control their own territories.

The project consists of implementing economic policies that allow the capture of urban capital gains to accumulate economic capital in the city of Trelew, Argentina, this will allow the municipality to have more capacity to develop institutional and infrastructure projects. Trelew is a city with strong economic dependence on the nation-state and is currently suffering the negative consequences of the production model cycles. To this end, I will analyze the particularities of the case study, analyze positive practices and management in other cities in the Global North and Global South in order to rethink resource management for Trelew, and implementing, by using simulation, urban tools that can enhance the objective of the work.