The proposal is immersed in a crisis between the urban fabric and an unstructured mesh, which has established impenetrable barriers, hermetic and psychological boundaries between its citizens. The social refusal to use the interstitial space has left the conquest of this transitional space to delinquency and crime. The intervention is aimed at producing and consolidating new ways of life for citizens and the activation of new micro-economy systems in this urban condition; imprinting on these imprecise territories, soils, connectivity surfaces and programmatic units that are intertwined with local productivity and talent mapping.
Through the development of civil infrastructures and ecological recreational settings, the project has managed to amalgamate in a legal-based model, all sports, cultural and aid groups, experimenting with a new model of micro economies based on forms of collective management. Participation protocols and local cooperation are part of the creation of places and build new consumption dynamics linked to culture, through the new urban network. The areas of intermediation between both urban models are suture operations, focused on providing a support infrastructure for the socio-productive units.
The main slope of the terrain was a major problem for this space; Due to the lack of drainage in the upper part, floods occurred in the park and on the adjacent houses, which uncovered the roots of the existing trees. The slope was stabilized through surgical excavation operations, the insertion of donated precast units, and the construction of retaining walls. The units were arranged as socio-productive elements, and their main faces were removed to allow accessibility and to be used as formwork for the retaining walls.
The operation on landscape and the creation of new geographies was achieved by compacting the excavated earth to be used in the installation of a second set of units. The operation built slopes and stages for the park's cultural and productive activities. The flooring system creates new playful scenarios, allowing an open theater that reveals its mechanisms in the open air, as the basis for the expression and cultural effervescence of the place. Taking advantage of the topography and the stratification of the landscape, new pedestrian connection routes were articulated that reprogrammed the urban fabric and potentially the territory.
The way to combine the reengineering of the territory with the cultural dynamics focused on mainstreaming at least six complementary programs, through the integration of a battery of containers strategically placed at the limits of the land to contain the land; the operation simultaneously manages the resources and provides infrastructures for the public space. These containers contain the production units that support the various programmatic activities: cultural restaurant / bar, information center, manufacturing workshop, arts and crafts, equipment for setting up stages and a costume workshop for the local manufacture of textiles and pieces. handcrafted. It is precisely these units that ensure the progressive and incremental development of the park and the consolidation of community identities.
Name: Parque Cultural Los Cerrajones
Design Firm: Yemail Arquitectura
Architects: Alejandro Haiek (LABPROFAB) + Antonio Yemail (OFICINA INFORMAL) + Rafael Machado-Fabio López (Insitu)
Location: Urbanizacion Cleofe Andrade, Barquisimeto Venezuala.
Area: 6500 m2
Year: 2015 (En proceso)
Cooperation: Irina Urriola, Génesis Orozco.
Work team: Felipe Cuartas, Luis Mutti, Enrique Henríquez.
Fase 1: Figueroa, Robert Montilla, Rafael Suarez.
Fase 2: Anabel Méndez.
Photographer: Irina Urriola