FROM SHELTER TO CITIZENSHIP
The project consists in the generation of urban, architectural and landscape approaches which integrate the inhabitants in a transnational region.
Historically, in South America the Colombian migrants represent the biggest percentage, however due to the existing economical, political and social crisis in Venezuela, the population of this country changed the statistics, turning a historic migrants receiving country into a human capital exporter.
The border between Colombia and Venezuela is defined by a river and is one of the most dynamic frontier in the world. The area of intervention is understood as a transnational region, recognizing the conditions of the place with two systems which are defined by two important cities: Cucuta and San Cristobal, each of them located close and in the two different sides of the border.
The proposal is about the thickening of the border and to generate a spatial integration between Colombians and Venezuelans through neutral public spaces developed in the new Binational Park “Gran Colombia”, with building-bridges which are the connecting hinges among the two sides and an area of housing to receive the Venezuelans refugees in a complicated situation.
as an unifying element
as an opportunity to relate
as a perception changer
Generating an immediate respond for the current emergency situation: the recent Venezuelan refugees, is projected the development of the border area and the extension of a terrain close to it to intervene it, attending 1000 people in precarious situation who live currently in the streets, small shelters and Cúcuta’s invaded lands.
Architecture as an integrator element between populations
Architecture Final Thesis Project
San Antonio-Cúcuta connection
Construction of the commercial bridge
In this phase is projected an urban solution focused on the population who wants to participate on it, could be Colombians and Venezuelans. It is proposed the projection of a commercial bridge which connects the new settlements for the Venezuelan refugees with the urban grid of Cucuta city, having a mix of uses as a market and services and converting the new infrastructure as a place of meeting and exchanging.
In this phase the consolidation of the proposals occurs. The Venezuelan participates now in the urban dynamics of Cúcuta, has a productive stability in areas that include him/her, additionally having basic services as health care and educational spaces. Now, both populations are fused and is projected for a whole community.
Over the border defined by the river
Connecting new and existing settlements
Public Healthcare spaces and services
Understanding the bridge as a relator element are projected multiple connections at strategic spots transforming those places into possible dialogue occasion’s areas, therefore, projecting spaces that connect and generate exchange, collaboration and mediation dynamics.