Rio de Janeiro Boulevard Competition

  • Location:
    Caracas, Venezuela
  • Date:
    2014
  • Team:
    Enlace Arquitectura & Leonardo Robleto
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The Rio de Janeiro Boulevard runs along the edge of the Guaire River between the Vera Cruz and Las Mercedes bridges. The competition proposal attempts to improve the pedestrian functions of the boulevard by increasing areas of public space, creating better infrastructure for public transportation and bycicles as alternative mobility methods in the city.

The boulevard is segmented with five intersections that result from the perpendicular streets that end in the Rio de Janeiro Avenue. The project recognizes these points by leveling all pavements to one surface that can be unified into plazas and open spaces on Sundays when the street is closed for runners, walkers and people on bicycles. They have been assigned specific programs and names: Water plaza, Skate plaza, Flowers plaza, Gastronomy plaza and Rio de Janeiro plaza. 

Rain water is collected into an open channel and taken to a filtration system so that it can be reused for the fountains dispersed along the boulevard for children to play with. They maintain a small flow of running water when it is not raining. Water retention channels with vegetation along the edge of the street receive rain water and reduce its speed before slowly letting it flow into the Guaire River, as a way of reducing the risk of flash flooding.