Team with Oficina Lúdica. July 2014. Pinto Salinas. Caracas, Venezuela.
A social context: Pinto Salinas, a district greatly affected by violence and micro-trafficking, one of the five areas selected for carrying out the communitarian construction of spaces for life and peace.
A physical context: a plot in an excellent situation regarding the district’s structure which should naturally become a remarkable condenser of public uses but that is, simultaneously, a neglected space due to water filtrations from illegal and unattended facilities and due to garbage pilling up in relation to damaged garbage containers.
The community claims for a small public square, a meeting point for communal assemblies, a public space where anyone can sit an have a chat, an agora to hang out and play around, sufficiently defined so that it doesn’t become a dump anymore but open enough to allow all kinds of spontaneous uses.
We set up a simple system: a metallic triangular framework is used to build both an artificial topography easily adaptable to an uneven, sloping terrain and a light covering designed to be colonized by vine and vegetation in order to establish a shaded area. A simple design solution is set up as well as a way to allow local labour force construction, and to allow the community to reproduce the system by their own without any specialized or external agent intervention. Both system and methodology are designed to empower citizen-worker as a main agent for urban change.
A participatory design methodology is set along with a communitarian labour force, so that the project is not only built “for” the community but “by” the community as well. We reclaim a role of architects as workers, as simply another agent in the project, someone that is not distinguished but integrated, someone that doesn’t excel but that is incorporated into the process.