HYDROLODY AS AN INCLUSIVE ELEMENT
Petare is the largest self-constructed settlement in Latin America, with more than 370.000 inhabitants, located in east side of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.
Caracas is defined by the Avila mountain in the north and structured by the Guaire River and its ravines. Due to the topography, Petare grows the same way as the rest of the city, following the topography and the streams.
After months of hard work with the local community, were determined the most important problems of “El Campito” zone located in the south area of Petare. The idea is to reinforce the virtues of area emphasizing the most important characteristic of the place: the wide extension of the territory and its spontaneous green areas.
Incorporating environmental strategies to mitigate existing risks as floods, garbage, sewage water pollution and the possible occupation of natural reserves, is proposed to stitch the social crack between the Petare locals and the rest of Caracas city creating a strong environmental culture.
The project consists in the rehabilitation of the existing and contaminated ravines, proposing an environmental axis which relates the area with the rest of the city. Achieving it through the recycling of infrastructure, the projection of public spaces on the waterbanks and taking advantage of the existing strong connection with the Guaire River, the most important water element of Caracas city.
the existing waterbanks
through the urban interventions
the existing infrastructure
the green spaces
Community garden and
Recycling garbage pavilions
French drain systems
and Phyto depuration
Academic work with Arch. Daniel Tua and Arch. Andrea Chacon. Participant project and winner team in one the categories of the Competition PBL CityLab 2018.
The selected spaces currently are mostly defined by polluted ravines, garbage dumps or as dangerous areas due to delinquency. The project try to enhance the opportunities of the place incorporating environmental strategies to improve the current conditions and transform them into public spaces for the community, projecting areas and uses that are sustain by the existing infrastructure and services of El Campito.