· Area of study: Development in the rural areas, Cultural heritage preservation, Community development.
· Beginning and ending date: 7 August – 17 December
· Number of students: 20 aprox.
· Schedule: Monday – Wednesday
· Credits: 8 hours per week
· Teaching team: Head teacher(s): Victor Hugo Limpias, Claudia Canedo
· Cluster: Grecia- Bolivia
Theme: Social housing with a working place
The Municipality of Porongo located in the Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia has subscribed an inter-institutional agreement with the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) so the School of Architecture and Urban Design can collaborate them in the design of public policies that can shield the impact of urban sprawl in the rural communities of the metropolitan area of Santa Cruz, especially in the communities of Porongo and Terebinto, with projects for:
• Preservation of historical heritage and local identity of the communities
• Strengthening their productive potentialities
• Social and productive Infrastructure
• Social housing with a working place
Objectives of the local design studio
a) Elaborate an architectural design program from a interdisciplinary perspective, where in parallel studios of architectural design, history, urbanism and regional planning; the students can discuss and propose projects for the sustainable development of rural communities. The various proposals can contemplate the design of social housing, public infrastructure, heritage preservation motivating innovation in construction technologies, environmental preservation and employment or income generation.
b) Apply different methods and perspectives for the analysis and identification of the local community necessities.
ADU aims to be tested
1. Application of the interdisciplinary, transdisiplinary and/or multidisciplinary perspective, encouraging students to develop the ability to identify and solve problems from different areas of study.
2. Experiment with diferent methods and technics for the exchange of the information produced by the different studios participatting in the project.
3. Promote the participation of different academic and professional fields, with the municipality and private institutions related to the productive sector will be invited to the presentation of the different stages of the project.
Methodology and relation with ADU partners
The work will be developed as a multidisciplinary workshop, where students of different architecture studios will develop their proposals from different perspectives and areas. Its execution implies three distinct stages:
a) Survey, which aims to understand (visualize) the problem and define the variables that influence it.
b) Multidisciplinary team work, aimed to develop proposals which could improve the development of the communities in Porongos Municipality.
c) Periodical reviews and final project evaluations are expected to be done between both institutions.