Javier Vergara Petrescu

Co-founder and Executive Director


MSc City Design & Social Sciences, London School of Economics
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Javier is a Co-founder and the CEO of Ciudad Emergente a Lab of Tactics and Tools for Citizen Urbanism. He specializes in combining social innovation projects, entrepreneurship, citizen participation and technologies to improve the quality of life in cities. He has worked on several urban development projects in Chile, Europe and the United States. Javier is also a co-founder of Plataforma UrbanaPlataforma Arquitectura, and  CitiSent. In 2006 he was voted one of the 100 Young Leaders of Chile by the publication El Sabado and the Center for Strategic Leadership of Universidad de Adolfo Ibañez.

He is currently a professor of Tactical Urbanism at the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), a professor of Urban Start-Ups at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), and a professor of the Masters in Urban Design (MPUR) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has presented papers on Tactical Urbanism at the Universidad Autónoma de MéxicoColumbia University, and the Latin GSD of Harvard University. To learn more about Javier see his TEDxUDD talk with Marisol García: “Collaborate, Try and Share: There are no secrets in urban innovation”.