Collective Housing//As an activator of residual spaces//As an urban regenerator//As a stich between the formal city and the informal city  

The exercise:

The experience is centered in the reoccupation and appropriation of the intermediate places of the city, produced by the clash between the urban weave and the topography, encounters and disagreements of the formal and the informal, road barriers and geographical limits of the city, aiming to its reinsertion in the urban weave.


In this case, we will concentrate in the disparity of weaves and the rupture of urban continuity in the presence of an geographical limit and the road barrier, which are situations that spaces that are generally invaded or unoccupied, lacking an identity.


The study of the site will be focused on the old town center of Petare and it’s relation to El Llanito, neighborhoods the Sucre Municipality.  The space capable to relate these two fragments of the city is concentrated on the riverbanks, both to the north and the south, the culmination of an avenue of great flow, such of the Río de Janeiro and a sum of residua and fragmented spaces that remain completely anonymous and alien to any of the dynamics that exist in the area.


The proposal is to regenerate this sector, establishing stiches between the discontinuous weaves, the compact one of the old town and the disperse and isolated one of El Llanito, in addition to proposing a housing solution as a trigger of new social and urban dynamics.


It is the opportunity to approach the social topic, related to topic of occupation and hybrid programs in this kind of intermediate place.  More than just visualizing the intervention as a local and specific of solving a housing requirement, it is about irradiating the impact, conceiving a system that is capable of occupying interstitial spaces of the city, or fractures in the weave patterns, that are so common in the city of Caracas.


The methodology:

We will work in teams, 14 teams of two persons each.

7 teams will work in the south area of the old town and 7 teams will work in the north area of El Llanito.

In addition to the teams of two persons, each group must work with another team from the opposite area, so that they can define strategies to develop the riverbanks and specially to establish connections (presently non-existant) between both sectors of the city.

Catalina Kutscher y Rosario Mena

Our archetype are homeless people sleeping on the banks of the Mapocho River.
They have over 20 years using the bridges as a roof, and the privacy afforded by the natural barrier of the river. Therefore they have generated systems to satisfy their basics needs.
The projects seeks to formalize the actual situation and take advantage of the landscape of the river bank to generate integration and increase the feeling of security, connecting the city and the river.
We seek to give them privacy and at the same time make them appear in society. It would create visual control to improve safety and drug abuse under bridges.
We will intervene 3 bridges where action points are generated and study the sectors with greater flow, demarcate a limit to the highest river flows, enhance existing routes in the river, formalize strategic access points with emergency stairs and evaluate lighting and signage.

Master Plan:                                                                                                                  Green areas:

Flows:                                                                                                                              Bridges:




Tomás Bravo y Hugo García

Fernanda Errazuriz y Camila Polette

Rural Net is a project that deals with the street situation in half rural context throughout Chile. The initiative comes as a response to the fact that there is no awareness of the particularities and differences of this, with respect to the urban context; therefore no specific measures have been taken to deal with it. Lack of centrality and public services are the main obstacles to deal with this situation. The project solves these problems through an interconnected system that improves the quality of life of homeless people and the entire community. The system consist of an immobile and a mobile part, acting interconnected: Headquarter associated with public institution, Mobile Operation Centers that go through the different Street Stops and provide services, Street Stops with public bathrooms that also act as bus stop and public access to water sources.

María Luisa Arze- Teresita Giensen- Trinidad Hernández

The project focuses on the Winter Plan users, who do not have access to shelters and can be applied in emergency cases.
The proposal provides, through the institution “street”, a plan to transform sporting facilities into shelters: specifying the space divisions, the corresponding area to each part of the program and the minimum enclosures that the shelter requires. From this changes we seek, both, increase the number of refugees, and improve service quality, facilitate control and increase safety.
The recent implementation of shelters in Santiago and lack of time for a modus operandi planning when they started, forced their implementers to respond immediately, discovering numerous flaws in the system. The proposed project, aims to improve the functioning of the emergency areas, solving the distribution problems and people separation, lack of sanitation, using the places capabilities to the fullest.
The proposal will be seen in the production of a guide catalog, containing among others, information on the type of enclosures that can be used as a shelter, suggestions for spacce division, techniques for promoting lighting and ventilation, entrance control (emergency exits, disability services), economic construction system, etc.









Ismael Cárdenas – Francisca Collemann – Amalia Madrid