When the field strikes back: science, technology and society approaches to field work in sociocultural dynamics in Guadalajara (Mexico

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Yann Bona Beauvois

Lomas de Tabachines (LT) is a poor neighbourhood in the Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (ZMG) that was originally created in the form of illegal housing settlements (without planning permission) in Jalisco, Mexico. In mid-2009, the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESOESOESO) commenced an intervention within the framework of the UNESUNESUNESUNESCO Chair in Habitat and Socially Sustainable Development. One of the main objectives of the intervention was to foster the generation and presentation of fairer, more democratic urban and regional development models, based on a needs assessment. Later on, after it was noted that the neighbourhood’s problems are not solely the result of a lack of infrastructures and services, the decision was made to intervene in creating, maintaining and promoting the associative fabric.