Urban transformations in the U.S. and Latin America, sustainable and resilient development, spatial capital of marginal neighborhoods, cultural producers shaping urban vitality, social equity and community participation, land use and economic analysis.
- Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- B.A. Architecture, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru
Miriam Chion is a lecturer in City and Regional Planning. Her planning practice, research and teaching focus on the transformation of cities and regions at the intersection of community organizing, economic development and environmental changes. Her research in the cities of Lima and Cusco, Peru, explains the qualities of the international networks shaped by local businesses, cultural activities and social networks. Her research in San Francisco highlights the contributions of cultural workers and minority restaurants to the urban vitality of marginal neighborhoods.
As the Director of Planning and Research at the Association of Bay Area Governments until 2017, Miriam was responsible for addressing equity, resilience and sustainability in regional strategies and policies. She was responsible for the housing, economic development, open space, and resilience programs in collaboration with 101 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Miriam was assistant professor at the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University, where she expanded and diversified the Community Development and Planning master program. She also worked at the San Francisco Planning Department leading the community plans for the industrial and low-income neighborhoods.
- Courses Taught
CY PLAN 220 The Urban and Regional Economy
CY PLAN 290 Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning
CY PLAN 115 Urbanization in Developing Countries
- Selected Publications
Chion, Miriam. 2014. Cusco City of Memory. In C. Irazabal, Ed. Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here, , New York: Routledge.
Chion, Miriam. 2013. Production of Urban Vitality in San Francisco. In S. Fol, S. Lehman-Frish and M. Morange, (eds.). Sègrègation et Justice Espatiale (pp. 99-120). Nanterre, France: Presses Universitaires de Paris.
Chion, Miriam, Rachel Brahinsky and Lisa Feldstein. 2012. Making Community Planning: Reflections on Planning Dialogues in San Francisco. Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice 5.
Chion, Miriam, Kiran Asher, , and Monica Amador. 2012. Los Retos en la Construcción de Conocimientos Decentrados, Una Conversacion Reflexiva. In M. Daza, R. Hoetmer and V. Vargas (eds.). Crisis y Movimientos Sociales en Nuestra América, Cuerpos, Territorios e Imaginarios en Disputa, Lima: PDTG.
Chion, Miriam and Mary Lawhon. 2012. “Rooted Cosmopolitanims: Spaces of Multiplicity in Cusco” in International Journal or Urban and Regional Research, 31 (3), pp. 539-553.
Chion, Miriam. 2009. Producing Urban Vitality: The Case of Dance in San Francisco. Urban Geography, Columbia, MD: Bellwether Publishing.
Chion, Miriam. 2008. Cambios en el Centro Historico del Cusco. In L. Nieto Degregori (eds.). El Ombligo se Pone Piercing. Cusco, Peru: Centro Guaman Poma de Ayala. April 2010.
Chion, Miriam.2008. The Power of Cultural and Political Intersections at Lima’s Historic Center. Progressive Planning, Planners Network, Cornell University.
Chion, Miriam and Wiley Ludeña. 2008. Lima’s Historic Center: Reconstituted Old Places Shaping New Social De-Arrangements. In C. Irazábal (ed.). Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Democracy, Citizenship, and Public Space in Latin America. New York: Routledge.
Chion, Miriam and Wiley Ludeña. 2006. El Centro Histórico de Lima, La Cuestión Del Espacio Público. Período 1980-2004. Entre Recuperación Anunciada y Agonía Postergada. ures, Revista de Ciudad, Urbanismo, y Paisaje, Lima, Peru.
Chion, Miriam. 2002. Dimensión Metropolitana de la Globalización: El Caso de Lima a fines del siglo XX (Metropolitan Dimension of Globalization: The Case of Metropolitan Lima at the End of the 20th Century). EURE, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Urbano Regionales, Santiago, Chile.
Chion, Miriam. 2001. Gamarra, Perú: De Barrio Marginal a Centro Metropolitano. (Gamarra, Peru: From Marginal Neighborhood to Metropolitan Center) CIPMA Ambiente y Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile.