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Nothing out of the ordinary - Meeting and discovery in La Casa de Todos

Nothing out of the ordinary - Meeting and discovery in La Casa de Todos

The last event of the program "Integration Process Caracas" was held Saturday, October 12 at the Casa de Todos in Baruta, titled "Nothing out of the ordinary: Meeting and discovery in La Palomera". Nothing out of the ordinary is what a meeting place and cultural space should be. The focus of the event was to recover an abandoned, dilapidated and half made house, where the only thing that occupied it was garbage, rubble, and a recently planted corn plot, tended to by a member of the community. The house was cleared and curated to host an event, where both the community of La Palomera and all Caracas, could find each other and discover themselves in this particular place. The house is located precisely at the hinge between the town of Baruta and the barrio. The event turned out to be an unforgettable night, of people dancing, eating, reflecting, imagining, discovering and recognizing themselves in space. The house was filled with the energy of close dreams, and the harmony generated by children, adults and grandparents enjoying a shared time together, both neighbors and non-neighbors.

Program:
4:00 pm. Comparsa, chimbangueles and drum gaita.
4:45 pm. Traditional dance / everyone's house
5:30 pm. Performance “Inhabiting the House”
6:30 pm. Workshop The House does with the body
7:00 pm. Manifesto Meeting and Discovery in La Palomera
4:00 - 8:00 pm. Hot dishes and cold drinks, projections and live music.

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Solid waste collection in the Barrio La Palomera

Solid waste collection in the Barrio La Palomera

Today, October 3, 2019, Fospuca began a door-to-door waste collection program in La Palomera, Baruta, employing people from the community with the institutional support of the City of Baruta and the social accompaniment of Enlace Foundation. The initiative provides barrio inhabitants with a better-quality service and will eliminate the presence of containers in the entrances of the informal settlement. It represents a pilot project that will be replicated in other sectors of the municipality such as El Placer de María, Ojo de Agua, Las Minas, Santa Cruz and Hoyo de la Puerta.

The initiative is part of the program "Integration Process Caracas", which creates opportunities for citizens to question the prejudices and discrimination that persists with respect to the barrio and its inhabitants. Through cultural events, social media dissemination and workshops, IPC has sought to advance the notion of a Complete City and a society that recognizes that the barrio is part of the city.

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Montalvo Announces New Lucas Artists Fellows in Visual Arts for 2019 – 2022

Elisa Silva is selected among the 33 Lucas Artists Fellows for her work on projects focused on raising awareness about spatial inequality in the urban environment through interventions in the public space, informal settlement integration and the strengthening of rural landscapes.

Montalvo Arts Center's Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program announced its most recent Lucas Artists Fellowship awards, on September 18, 2019. 33 artists from the US and the world were selected for the 2019-2022 cohort. The announcement commented that: “This distinguished group includes individuals from 16 countries working in the fields of visual arts, architecture, urbanism, and design. This includes visual arts media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, design, and printmaking, as well as artists working in the fields of performance, social practice, and sound art. These Fellows were born or reside in the following countries: the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, South Africa, Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Taiwan, the Philippines, ltaly, Venezuela, and England.”

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Exhibition of the Public Spaces and sidewalks project of Beethoven Bello Monte Avenue in the celebration of 452 years since the foundation of Caracas.

Exhibition of the Public Spaces and sidewalks project of Beethoven Bello Monte Avenue in the celebration of 452 years since the foundation of Caracas.

Enlace Arquitectura presented the project of public spaces and sidewalks of Beethoven Avenue in Bello Monte, a project elaborated for Banesco Bank in 2017-2018. Slides of images were projected on the walls of buildings, on the very same Beethoven Avenue July 26, 2019, as part of the celebration of the 452 years of Caracas organized by CCScity450 and Fundación Espacio.

 

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Integration Process Caracas – Sixth Meeting

Integration Process Caracas – Sixth Meeting

"Integration in Caracas Process" sixth event was held on Saturday July 20 in La Palomera. People from all parts of the city were invited to the "Green Meeting La Palomera: connecting gardens, orchards, nurseries and other experiences in urban vegetation" to consider vegetation as an integration strategy and as a fundamental part of urban life. The event was structured first with a tour of several neighborhood gardens in the community, followed by a conversation on urban garden experiences in different parts of the city with people invited to share their knowledge on issues of landscape and harvest. 

Program:
Part I: Tour of floral and vegetable gardens
Thais Noriega, Elizabeth Hernández, Marina Matos, Alfonso Carrasco y William Díaz

Part II: Discussion regarding vegetation, planting, fertilizer and crops at the La Cruz Esplanade with invited guests:
Yrama Capote / Grupo Ecológico San Pedro
Argelia Silva / Ex Directora del Jardín Botánico
Yoandy Medina / Huertos Urbanos
Enrique Blanco / Paisajista
José Luis Morales / Experto en huertos urbanos y patios productivos

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Integration Process Caracas – Fifth Meeting

Integration Process Caracas – Fifth Meeting

On Saturday, July 13, the Founder’s Celebration was held in the Santo Domingo sector of La Palomera, Baruta Municipality. The purpose of the event was to make the unknown urban history of a part of the city visible. Founders of La Palomera and their descendants shared the stories and anecdotes of how the settlement process began. Many remember their dependence of the Church and the rent they paid them as landlords. The guests who attended had the opportunity to dance joropo central with neighbors, to the beat of music played by musicians of the Bigott Foundation and dancers Sara Medina, Marialejandra Orozco and Harold Palacios of Ensayo Colectivo.

Program:
-Walk from Hacienda la Trinidad to La Palomera.
-Welcome to visitors in the Plaza Bolívar de Baruta
-Colloquium with members of the founding families of La Palomera.
-Live music and joropo central dancing with the Bigott Foundation.

Culminating with a sancocho that was shared between the community and the attendees!

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Colloquium "Let's talk about the City: Is it possible to build a Sustainable Caracas?"

Colloquium "Let's talk about the City: Is it possible to build a Sustainable Caracas?"

As part od the celebration of Caracas´ 452th Anniversary the Venezuelan-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a colloquium titled “Let's Talk about the City” in which Fundación Enlace participated. The meeting took place in Caracas, on July 10, 2019, and included the participation of Making City, Tracing Spaces, CCSCity450, Hub Territory and Laboratory City. The discourse of a sustainable city focused on the integration of the city, participatory urban transformation strategies and the notion of a city centered on people.

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Complete City, reflections on integration

Complete City, reflections on integration

A new invitation to celebrate the streets of Bello Monte occurred Saturday July 6, as part of the More Night Caracas initiative organized by Ciudad Laboratorio. Enlace Foundation was invited to disseminate the program "Integration Process Caracas” that is taking place in the informal settlement La Palomera, and invites people to reflect on the real and symbolic integration of the city, overcoming distinctions between the "formal" and "informal" city.

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Elisa is part of a panel discussion on livable places at The Nature of City TNOC Summit in Paris

Elisa is part of a panel discussion on livable places at The Nature of City TNOC Summit in Paris

The Nature of Cities Summit took place for the very first time at Sorbonne University, Jussieu Marie Curie campus in Paris France on June 6, 2019. Organized by David Maddox and a very capable multidisciplinary team of artists, ecologists, activists, landscape architects and planners, the summit presented several discussion panels focusing on different aspects of a green city. Elisa participated in a panel together with David Simon -London and Cape Town, Fish Yu-Shenzhen and Samarth Das-Mumbai where they spoke about making livable places.

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