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ARQA "San Juan María Vianney Church published"

ARQA "San Juan María Vianney Church published"

The construction of the San Juan María Vianney Church was featured on September 3, 2019 in an article by ARQA. The church is part of the rural community La Media Legua, approximately two and a half hours from Caracas, in the parish of Tarmas, in the State of Vargas. The article features the views along the northern mountain range of Venezuela, towards the Caribbean Sea, and describes the fundamental role played by its commissioner, Father Abelardo Bazó as well as the construction process which was supported by members of the community.

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En El Tapete "No solo verde era mi valle o La Palomera, tronco de barrio"

The digital magazine EnElTapete, featured an article published August 11, 2019, on the occasion of the sixth event of the program “Integration Process Caracas” which was titled “La Palomera- Green.” The event was organized by Enlace Foundation, Ciudad Laboratorio, with the support of the City of Baruta. The author narrates in her article: “Green hangs from the windows. It climbs on the iron bars. It winds around the electrical cables and spills out in rows from the planters in neighbor´s windows."

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Metropolis “On a remote Venezuelan mountainside, a community unites to build a church”

Metropolis “On a remote Venezuelan mountainside, a community unites to build a church”

Metropolis online magazine published an article on the design and construction process of the San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua by Enlace Arquitectura, posted August 2, 2019, and authored by Vicky Sue. It describes how the building uses readily available materials to create a structure that responds to the slope of the landscape and plays with light through openings in common concrete blocks. 

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Artishock "The country continues (brief report from the archipelago)"

Artishock "The country continues (brief report from the archipelago)"

In celebration of the anniversary of Caracas on July 25, 2019, curator Felix Suazo writes about the significant contributions to Venezuelan artistic production, both inside and outside the country, over the course of the year 2019. Among the works featured in the article, two are works by Enlace Arquitectura. The canopies Enlace suspended in the barrio El Calvario, which were designed together with José Javier Alayón, are presented as a significant installation within the informal urban environment. The program “Integration Process Caracas” in La Palomera, organized together with Ciudad Laboratorio, Fundación Bigott, Laboratorio Ciudadano de la No Violencia Activa, Itanera, La Hacienda Trinidad and a group of artists, was commended for its insistence in making the persistent stigma against the barrio a subject of wide discussion through journal articles, events, radio interviews and social media.

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En El Tapete "La Palomera, people with flight"

"La Palomera, People with Flight," written by journalist Faitha Nahmens was published in the digital magazine En El Tapete, July 17, 2019. It highlights the fifth event titled Founder’s of La Palomera Celebration of the program "Integration Process Caracas," which is organized by Enlace Foundation, Ciudad Laboratorio, Fundación Bigott, La Hacienda La Trinidad, and enjoys the support of the Baruta City Hall.

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Prodavinci "A Venezuelan church is a finalist of the XI Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism"

Prodavinci digital journal, in its July 15 publication, posted an article of the San Juan María Vianney Church as finalist in the XI Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. The San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua Vargas state was selected among 997 works as one of 32 finalists of the XI BIAU. It will be part of the Biennial exhibition in Asunción Paraguay between October 5 and 11, 2019.

 

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Efecto Cocuyo "San Juan María Vianney Church selected finalist for the Ibero-American architecture prize"

Efecto Cocuyo "San Juan María Vianney Church selected finalist for the Ibero-American architecture prize"

Efecto Cocuyo digital journal, in its July 11, 2019 edition, presents a review of the San Juan María Vianney Church and its participation in the XI Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. The Church, designed by Elisa Silva and Enlace Arquitectura, was selected as one of 32 finalist works in the XI BIAU by a jury of 13 architects from six countries, out of a pool of 997 submitted projects.

 

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El Universal "San Juan María Vianney Church finalist in the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial"

El Universal "San Juan María Vianney Church finalist in the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial"

On July 10, 2019, the newspaper El Universal publishes a press release on the selection of the San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua Estado Vargas as finalist of the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial. The Church was selected among 997 submitted works from 22 countries and will be part of the Biennial’s exhibition in Asunción Paraguay between October 5 and 11, 2019.

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Arquine "San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua"

Arquine "San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua"

The Church of Media Legua is located on a breathtaking site on the northern side of the coastal mountain range overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The entire structure was built by the community in order to create a place of worship they could walk to. It is made of cinder blocks that act as structural walls by inserting rebar within the cavities and filling them with concrete. Above 1.80 meters square openings of increasing size are placed every other block creating a porous wall structure that allows light to enter and air to circulate. Three openings bring the exterior landscape into the church, framing selected trees and views. The entire project was built with 47,000 USD which was donated by parishes and archdiocese in Germany and Spain. 

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