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CONCEPT: CONTOUR STRADEGY OF AMENITY DISTRIBUTION

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

PRELIMINARY CONCEPT

PRELIMINARY CONCEPT

 

Today I met with Prof. Vekstein, MArch Thesis Chair. Although I want to fix all the ills of asentamientos humanos through a single design, I must narrow the scope. Keep in mind that municipalities and federal governments follow strict budgets, especially in developing nations with restricted means. Inspired by then mayor Luis Castañeda’s “Escaleras Solidarias” -which are a series of concrete stairs painted yellow- it was decided best to focus on this existing amenity for the project.  While touring the sites, it was obvious that the stairs are more than circulation up and down the sandy hills. Rather, they serve as community spaces as children play and mothers chat.

People work in the city below. Daily, mothers and fathers walk up and down for work, food and play. The model now exists. Yellow stairs guide you to where everything else is. The problem: the walk. A new model is proposed based instead on the existing contours of residences. Horizontal links are proposed between these yellow stairs lifting amenity to the level of the residence.

Hypothesis: A series of plazas with bodegas and almacenes, infill housing of an improved state which serve as models to be replicated and adapted, lighting, and other civic elements. All of this along paths connecting existing stairways. These operations are incremental, each a layer of investment.  First the path, then the lights, then the houses with squares. A large area is planned connecting several stairways. Scenarios must be put forth: If full funds are available, the entire project is completed as designed. If the budget is cut in half, parts of the paths and all of the lights are put in place to be completed with time. As opposed to PREVI however, plans are available to guide completion and imaginative alterations. As the house is a process rather than object, so shall be open space.

Green is the new color proposed. A new political move intended to be seen but contrasted with the existing. A green line in contrast to yellow. This is an incremental urban stradegy inteded to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.  At some point, people need to stay on the hillsides. Design for this.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

For PinUp #1

For PinUp #1

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MAP TRANSPORT SYSTEMS: SAN JUAN DE MIRAFLORES

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

TREN ELECTRICO STATIONS SAN JUAN DE MIRAFLORES

In conversation with Prof. Kahatt, it was noted that the Tren Electrico rail line meets grade in two specific areas on it course. These are at the extremities of the rail line. The condition at these locations is a high wall separating access of the community from one side to the other.  The oldest section of the rail line is to the south and could explain why it is not elevated. The north section, however, is walled perhaps due to the high incidence of crime. More research is needed. Above, in blue, are the proposed site locations of urban accupuncture. Two communities split by an expansive open space dedicated to high voltage tension cables called the “Torres de Melgar”.

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HISTORIC LIMA GROWTH

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

HISTORIC GROWTH OF LIMA

Asked by thesis chair to question the growth of Lima. What are the influences directing growth? Early settlement patterns suggest proximity to water dictated occupation. The population explosion evident in the 70s and 80s is most likely due to political turmoil and mass exodus from the highlands to the coast. The introduction of infrastructural systems such as the Panamerican highway spurs growth north and south along the coastline. Perhaps the same will be said of the Tren Electrico and Metropolitano. How can we design for these inflections of growth? What are ways of creating these inflection systems? Research the game “GO”. That is, design not for where action IS but where it WILL be.

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MAPPING SYSTEMS: SAN JUAN DE MIRAFLORES

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

MAPPING INFRASTRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

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Thematic Maps: Metropolitan Lima

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Thematic Maps: Metropolitan Lima

Upon meeting with thesis co-chair, it was established that site selection needed justified. In McHargian fashion, the intersection and overlap of multiple systems reveals the approriate location of intervention and urban accupuncture.

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Metropolitan Lima: Mass Transit Map

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

An aerial image indicating the existing mass transit routes in Metropolitan Lima, Peru. Shown in blue is the Metropolitano Bus Mass Transit, in yellow is the newly functioning Tren Electrico of Lima. For deciding which district to select for the thesis, the latter was chosen as a location indicator to maximize daily visibility by commuters in similar vein as the PREVI Project had done.

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