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Across the Americas – Columbia University Incubator

Across the Americas – Columbia University Incubator

Elisa is part of a conversation initiated by Agustín Schang and Laura González that explores contemporary architecture models operating Across the Americas. The group was comprised by Julian Palacio, Jorge Ambrosi & Gabriela Etchegaray, Rafael Gamo, Elisa Silva and Maite Borjabad Lopez-Pastor. Agustin and Laura later summarized the content of the discussions:

“They addressed topics about materiality & tectonics as tools for identity, the afterlife of projects, the act of representation affected by geographic and cultural contexts, visual narratives & composing of an image, circulation of references in the construction of power, landscapes of opportunity, heritage, counterflow: from north to south on how to build a practice and what happens to nonreciprocal timing and the times of inequality we are living - this not to search for a "common ground", but to reveal some of the interactions and movements of the different architectures and environments of the Americas. Seeking to elevate the quality and understanding of our built environment, spark lively conversations, trigger an ongoing exchange, and to think about the future by extending our interests beyond the object with four walls.”

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Too Fast Too Slow

Too Fast Too Slow

Time in Practice: Keynote Lecture by Elisa Silva 
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 6:00pm 
40 Wooster Street New York, NY 10013

As part of the public programing for the 2019 Post-Professional Master of Architecture Thesis Exhibition, TOO FAST TOO SLOW, Architect and Princeton School of Architecture Visiting Lecturer, Elisa Silva, will discuss her work in terms of the exhibition's prompt of speed and the fortune, futility, and providence of time in practice.

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Third event “Complete City, Overflowing City” of the series Art Pedagogy and the City that is part of the program Integraction Process Caracas

Third event “Complete City, Overflowing City” of the series Art Pedagogy and the City that is part of the program Integraction Process Caracas

If you were not able to join us in the Third Meeting of the series "Art Pedagogy and City" in La Palomera "Complete City, Overflowing City" you can watch the whole event here on our YouTube channel.

Community leaders together with people from the program Integration Process Caracas (Enlace Arquitectura Ciudad Laboratorio - ciudlab Fundación Bigott) created six different tours of La Palomera identifying spaces with the potential to be understood and projected in a way that is unique to the neighborhood, and that perhaps could even be envied. At the end of the tours, everyone shared their findings and celebrated playing and learning to play Bocci. 

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Integration Process Caracas Third event

Integration Process Caracas Third event

You are invited on Sunday, March 24, 2019, to the Third meeting of the "Art, pedagogy and city" lecture series.

“Complete city, overflowing city” is the title of the event. We invite everyone to come observe, understand and record spaces, while touring the La Palomera neighborhood in Baruta. There will be six different routes to discover places and situations with urban values we can begin to recognize. 

The topics may be of interest to anyone who wants to join the construction of a complete city: architects, artists, urban designers, planners, urban planners, city activists, students and city lovers.

We are offering transportation from Plaza Altamira at 1:30 pm to the Plaza El Cristo in Baruta; and back at the end of the activity. Those who wish to go directly to Plaza El Cristo, may park on the service street of the Baruta Municipality building.

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Art and community. Proposals for Integration

Art and community. Proposals for Integration

"Integration Process Caracas" promotes the recognition of the entire city by blurring borders, overstepping boundaries and generating opportunities for gatherings where we can experience integration.

We invite artists, creators and city lovers to participate in a co-creation experience with the community of La Palomera, Baruta. We are looking for people interested in working through a constant exchange with La Palomera´s neighbors to create interventions that manifest reflections on integration through art.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal visit the following link for more information.

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Integration in Process Caracas Second Meeting

Integration in Process Caracas Second Meeting

On Saturday February 9, 2019 we continue with the second meeting of the series "Art, pedagogy and city", titled "Art as a mediation tool."

Artists, creators, journalists and neighbors of Caracas walked from the Plaza Bolívar de Baruta to the La Cruz sector in La Palomera. At the end a celebration of public space was done through a dance performance guided by Dora Peña.

The event is part of the initiative "Integration in process Caracas" sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in Venezuela, and organized by Ciudad Laboratorio, Enlace Fundación, Fundación Bigott, Baruta Municipality, Pre school Manuel Felipe Rugeles, Municipal School Miguel José Sanz and Soup Kitchen Punto Solidario La Palomera.

Laboratory City, Bigott Foundation, Municipality of Baruta, Puntos Solidarios, Manuel Felipe Rugeles Preschool, Miguel José Sanz Municipal School and Children's Dining Room Solidarity Point La Palomera.

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Inauguration Plaza Jorge Somaca in Chapellin

Inauguration Plaza Jorge Somaca in Chapellin

After twenty weeks of work through the phases of community consultations, participatory design and construction, the Chapellin Plaza was inaugurated with the participation of neighbors and visitors. This project was funded by the Swiss Embassy in Venezuela through an alliance with Caracas MiConvive, an NGO focused on empowering and supporting communities in Caracas. Enlace Arquitectura led design and construction efforts together with local associations such as Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos AJU and the Don Bosco de Chaplain pre-school. A uniform pavement over 280 m2 of surface allow children and youth to play baseball, soccer and ride bikes. It has also been used for community festivities over the holiday season revealing an immediate appropriation of the renewed public space by neighbors. The public space was named Plaza Jorge Somaca after the leader of the association AJU, who sadly passed days before the project was completed.

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Studio final review “The Agency of Mezcal in the Oaxaca Valley”

Studio final review “The Agency of Mezcal in the Oaxaca Valley”

Final review for the work of students in Harvard University Graduate School of Design “The Agency of Mezcal in the Oaxaca Valley” option studio led by Elisa Silva, was presented on the 10th of December 2018 in front of a multidisciplinary jury comprised of professors Diane Davis, chair of the GSD´s Department of Urban Planning and Design; Aziza Chaouni, associate professor at Daniel´s Univeristy of Toronto; Juan José Consejo, president of INSO in Oaxaca; Pablo Perez Ramos, assistant professor in Landscape Architecture GSD; Alistair McIntoch, Landscape architect and lecturer at the GSD; Steven Handel, ecologist and lecturer at the GSD; Miquel Adriá, director of Arquine in Mexico; Anna Heringer, architect and design critic GSD; Guilllermo Chavez in representation of Agave Capital and Bruxo Mezcal. Students developed proposals for the towns of San Martín Lachilá, Agua del Espino and San Agustín Amatengo in the Ejutla region of Oaxaca Mexico. The approaches considered reforestation strategies, water harvesting, public space, agave harvesting, wood production, the inclusion of women in new productive activities and expanding the management of mezcal related activities to include more ecologically sustainable strategies as well as new components of terroir.

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First phase completed for the public space project in Las Brisas de la Palomera

First phase completed for the public space project in Las Brisas de la Palomera

Enlace Foundation ended the first part of a public space project in Las Brisas La Palomera over the month of December, culminating the construction of a 19 meters long bench that lines the edge of pronounced topographical drop off at the top of La Palomera´s southern ridge. In order to create this new playground for children, neighbors who had parked their cars in this space graciously agreed to park their cars elsewhere in order to allow a new public space to be built. For security reasons the community and design team agreed to build the bench first as a protection device to keep children away from the edge. In January 2019 we will begin the construction of the swings.

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Integration Process Caracas - Art, Pedagogy and the City

Integration Process Caracas - Art, Pedagogy and the City

On November 17 we kicked off the "Integration Process Caracas" program with the first talk of the lecture series "Art, Pedagogy and the City". The lecture entitled "Strategies for Integration" brought together a diverse group of speakers who addressed issues related to urban integration such as the real and symbolic merging of the city and the distinction between "formal" and "informal" cities. The meeting took place in the La Palomera´s basketball court where Natalya Critchley, Cheo Carvajal, Elisa Silva, Sergio Dos Santos, Martina Arteaga and José González told us about integration experiences related to art, pedagogy, urban design and local experiences. The lecture was attended by neighbors from the community of La Palomera and other parts of the city. At the end of the presentations everyone participated in a workshop experience led by Katiuska Camargo, who invited them to dream as children and imagine transformations for the community. This initiative is part of the United States Embassy in Venezuela´s cultural program.

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