PURE SPACE: public space transformation in Latin-American slums

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    Caracas, Venezuela
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PURE SPACE: public spacetransformation in Latin-American slumspresents 21 projects thatdemonstrate the value public space making has in informalsettlements.

In the "barrios", which representbetween 30% and 50% of Latin-American cities, the shortage ofpublic space is the norm. Nonetheless public space is fundamentallyimportant to our cities as a place of recognition, reunion andreconciliation for its citizens.


The exhibition focuses on showingurban, environment and cultural operations that have been able toshape public spaces in the slums of Lima, Valparaiso, Medellin,Guayaquil, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas. The cases presented havemerit not only because they reveal transforming processes that haveimproved the quality of life for people in the slums where theylive, but because they overcame the economic justifications oftheir investment and answer the implicit social challenges. Therelevance of this knowledge lies in its applicability for othercommunities at a national and regional level.


The exhibition is the result of aninvestigation conducted by architect Elisa Silva who received theWheelwright Prize 2011-2012 for her project "Interpreting DesignKnowledge Through Latin American Slum Upgrading Efforts." TheWheelwright Prize, given by the Graduate School of Design atHarvard University recognizes talented architects from all parts ofthe world that promote areas of exceptional research andexploration. The prize attests to the importance field research hasfor professional development and contemporary practice. 



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