28 July 2010

Fluid Growth Pattern

27 July 2010

Stairway Section

To benefit from the topography of the site a system of terraces is proposed where gravity has a fundamental impact. Rainwater is collected from the roofs of the ranchos, stored at the level of the stairway and then used to irrigate the vegetables grown in terraces below. The organic materials and waste from the plants are composted and used to enrich the soil.

Pattern Study

Visit to Barrio San Agustin and 'Hong-Kong'

Barrio people

Works on facades carried out with Mision Tricolor

Boy looking at murals painted by Natalya Critchley

24 July 2010

Materials Escalera La Ceiba

1. Bricks, red earth or concrete
2. Rubber
3. Pipes of various sizes and materials
4. Aluminium sheets
5. Barrels
6. Metal net
7. Wires

Escalera La Ceiba

Surrounding a long stairway and path, the site starts from the top of Barrio La Ceiba, and leads down towards San Agustin del Sur and Parque Central. As the stairway is shifted slightly to the west of the hill edge, one side of the stairway adjoins to the ranchos and the other faces a steep slope.

23 July 2010

Baruta Vertical Gym

22 July 2010

Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño

Terraces Filtering Water

Filtering of water through a series of plant beds attached to a staircase.

Barrio San Agustin - Feature Mapping

1. Electric pole with several wires and lamps connected
2. Stairways, both as primary means of circulation and for single houses
3. View of Caracas formal city
4. Dogs, various breeds
5. Pipes with water from mains and sewage
6. Clothes drying on racks
7. Cable cars and Metrocable stations

21 July 2010

Initial Proposals

To address the problem with floods and landslides during torrential rains, the rainwater will be collected from the barrio roofs and directed to a large expandable container. How much water is used for irrigation and what plants are irrigated depends on the level of water in the container. The water is filtered through a series of plant beds and then used for showers and toilets.

Rainwater is lead from the barrio roofs and collected in a series of suspended sacks. From each sack leads an individual pipe for irrigation. The plants are grown in terraces so that excessive water drains off. For easy harvest the plant beds are located adjacent to the stairways.

Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor

The Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor is a government funded project to improve the condition of the ranchos (houses of the barrios). The roofs of the houses are repaired and the walls are painted with the colours of the Venezuelan flag. In addition to that there is a small project going on with community leader Auri and Natalya. The project aims to address the issue of rubbish and how it can be reduced. The idea is to start a compost and on the walls paint a mural showing what material should go into the compost.


20 July 2010

Site Visit FAVA School

School for autistic children designed by UTT will soon open.

The Stairway of La Ceiba

The site is a long stairway and path leading from the La Ceiba Metrocable station down towards Parque Central. On one side of the stairway is barrio buildings and on the other the hill slopes steeply towards the valley.

17 July 2010

La Ceiba

The site for the project will be on the top of the hill outside the Metro Cable station of La Ceiba. There were some houses there before but they have been demolished to give place for some new housing developments. At the moment the site resembles a war zone with ruins of buildings and rubbish everywhere. The proposal involves a semi-temporary hydroponics farm where the inhabitants of the barrio can grow their own vegetables.

16 July 2010

Case Study: Organoponico Bolivar 1

Organopónico Bolivar I is the first urban organic garden in Caracas. It was started 2002 as a cooperative and is part of the government’s plan to produce more food locally.

15 July 2010

Sketching in San Agustin

Surrounded by kids in the barrio these are few of the sketches I did today.

The Stairways of the Barrio

Paths and stairways are inherent characteristics of the hillside barrios as they wind up the hills serving as the main means of access for the barrio inhabitants.

14 July 2010

San Agustin Barrio

The San Agustin barrio is located in central Caracas, south of Parque Central amd west of Jardin Botanico. It is built on four hills which is reflected in the urban pattern and density.

13 July 2010

Meeting with Artist Natalya Critchley

Natalya Critchley is an artist who is collaborating with UTT and has been drawing the Metrocable project in the San Agustin barrio. Born in England, Critchley has, since 1981, been based in Venezuela. Since working in the barrio and attending community meetings she has got invaluable connections with the community leaders and will help me get in touch with them to gain access to the barrio.

Natalya Critchley webpage
Contemporary Art Society

Caracas Orientation

I live in the Anclemy close to Chacaito and the Urban Think Tank Office, UTT, is located just a few blocks away in the Easo Building.

7 July 2010

Project Proposal Updated

See the updated project proposal.