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.       

south america venezuelan refugees
fluxes between colombia and venezuela
norte santander y tachira

Cúcuta

San

Cristóbal

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.   

urban strategies permeability
urban strategies green
urban strategies connect

STRATEGIES

GREEN

as an unifying element

CONNECTION

as an opportunity to relate

PERMEABILITY

as a perception changer 

phase 1 re design the border

PHASE 1

Refugee-arrival

Ureña-Cúcuta connection

urban intenvention cucuta ureña
containers block
container blocks for refugees

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.  

container and bamboo house module

Containers modules

Guadua structure

Containers blocks

Containers area

International

bridge

Ureña

Cúcuta

Architecture as an integrator element between populations

Architecture Final Thesis Project

Expansion 

of housing

PHASE 2

Immigrant-integration

San Antonio-Cúcuta connection

redesign the border colombia venezuela
urban intervention cucuta ureña
commercial bridge as a place of meeting

Construction of the commercial bridge

Market

Bus

stop/terminal

Services

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.

Bridge

Cúcuta

San Antonio

del Táchira

Services

redesign the border

PHASE 3

Citizen-permanence

Tienditas-Cúcuta connection

urban interventions cucuta ureña

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.

BINATIONAL BRIDGE

Over the border defined by the river

COMMERCIAL BRIDGE

Connecting new and existing settlements

Public Healthcare spaces and services

Cúcuta

Tienditas

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.