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Enlace Foundation will begin work on a new playground in Las Brisas La Palomera, in Caracas

Enlace Foundation will begin work on a new playground in Las Brisas La Palomera, in Caracas

On Sunday the community of Las Brisas in La Palomera, Baruta - Caracas, conducted an open assembly to vote on a playground and park. In early July, we proposed building a public space under a large mature possumwood “jabillo” where neighbors currently park cars to the community. Over a series of meeting the design changed and was strengthened by their concerns for security and flexibility. After a heated debate and a certain amount of tension, the community overwhelmingly voted for the park and so we will begin work in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to this new experience with the community of Las Brisas.

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Elisa teaches an Option Studio at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Fall 2018

Elisa teaches an Option Studio at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Fall 2018

During the fall 2018 semester, Elisa will be teaching an option studio titled “The Agency of Mezcal in the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico” at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The studio addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects that surround the growing opportunities for mezcal production in the Oaxaca Valley. Findings could serve as a thoughtful inquiry to guide the potential agency of mezcal in the region with viable holistic strategies. 

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Presentation of the book Downward Spiral: El Helicoide´s descent from Mall to

Presentation of the book Downward Spiral: El Helicoide´s descent from Mall to

The publication “Downward Spiral: El Helicoide´s descent from Mall to Prison” edited by Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore will be presented at the bookstore Lugar Comun in Altamira Caracas, on Friday the 13th of July 2018. The event will be presided by Vicente Lecuna with the participation of several of the book´s collaborators including Elisa Silva

Event program:
Vicente Lecuna – Opening remarks
Jorge Villota - El Helicoide´s construction
Diego Larrique - San Agustín del Sur
Elisa Silva – informal settlements and their appearance/disappearance from maps
Iris Rosas – The relationship of informal settlements with El Helicoide
Sandra Pinardi – El Helicoide and the ruin
Vicente Lecuna - El Helicoide and Parque Central
Conversation among the panelists and the audience

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Enlace Arquitectura y MiConvive Caracas form an alliance

We are pleased to communicate that Enlace Arquitectura and MiConvive have started a new collaboration to support communities in El Cardon - Antímano, La Hoyada - La Vega and Chapellín build new public spaces. The process entails a very close relationship with the community through didactic games focused on building awareness about the role and importance of public space. Design workshops allow community members to share their thoughts, desires and opinions about the space, and their continued involvement during the construction phase ensures appropriation and builds a sense of responsibility. We are very honored and excited to begin this new challenge.

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Biñ Yu Initiative

Founding of the Biñ Yu Initiative in Mexico to support communities in rural areas of the Oaxaca Central Valley Region to gain empowerment through participatory workshops to improve their livelihood and the sustainability of their environmental conditions. These areas are typically plagued by extended drought seasons and diminished productivity due to the scarcity of water. However, in fact Oaxaca receives considerable amounts of yearly rain in comparison to other regions of Mexico. Studies reveal that better watershed management practices, reforestation and adoption sustainable agricultural practices could significantly increase water availability throughout the year. The Initiative´s intention is to increased awareness and support concrete investments together with the community to increase their productivity and livelihood. It members include Guillermo Chavez, Andres Faustinelli and Elisa Silva.

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Publication Downward spiral: El Helicoide´s Descent from Mall to Prison

Publication Downward spiral: El Helicoide´s Descent from Mall to Prison

The publication “Downward spiral: El Helicoide´s Descent from Mall to Prison” edited by Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore takes place the 17th of January 2018, at the Center for Architecture in New York. The book docents the historic and present legacy of a modern architecture monument in Caracas that has become an urban ruin due to its misuse and lack of maintenance. Elisa Silva is a collaborator in the publication with the essay “Mapping the Barrios of Caracas” based on the research “CABA Cartography of the Caracas Barrios 1966-2014”

Place: Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, Nueva York

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What is common between Valparaiso, Rio de Janeiro, Medellin and Caracas - XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Chile

What is common between Valparaiso, Rio de Janeiro, Medellin and Caracas - XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Chile

Elisa Silva participates in dialogues regarding what is common at the XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Valparaiso Chile, curated by Claudio Magrini and Miguel Cancino. Presentations by Alejandro Echeverri of Medellin, Rua Arquitetos of Rio de Janeiro,  Elisa Silva of Caracas and Gonzalo Undurragaof Valparaiso to exchange perspectives on city dynamics in light of Valparaiso´s present opportunity to design a new zoning and planning structure for the city.

Claudio Magrini: This is a reflection is about what Valparaiso has in common with other Latin American cities with experiences that can help better plan the future of this port city. Valparaiso faces the eminent challenge of formulating an organic plan that can face issues related to its particular geography, its exposure to natural disasters, high levels of poverty, the presence of informal settlements, a widely recognized historic center that is undergoing severe decay, a coast that is disputed between the interests of its inhabitants and private enterprise, and finally the lack of a clear vision on its urban territory that is nearly ungovernable. The idea is to share successful experiences in other cities that may be applicable to the Valparaiso context. 

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Women in Architecture - XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Chile

Women in Architecture - XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Chile

Elisa Silva participates in dialogues about identity at the XX Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in Chile, curated by architect Pola Mora. The conversation included Ana María Durán (Ecuador), Inés Moisset (Argentina), Cazú Zegers (Chile) and Sandra Iturriaga (Chile) October 27, 2017 at the Parque Cultural in Valparaiso. 

Pola Mora: Why a panel of only women? Because images can generate social change, a panel comprised of women contributes a grain of salt toward normalizing the idea that women architects are key to the construction of better cities, just as sadly it seems normal for the list of architecture prize nominees in Chile to be comprised solely of male names.

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Against Violence: debates to open the political field - at Lugar Común Paseo Las Mercedes Caracas

Against Violence: debates to open the political field - at Lugar Común Paseo Las Mercedes Caracas

Elisa Silva was invited to participate in the conversation series "Against Violence: debates to open the political field" together with Doris Barreto Fe y Alegria Community Center coordinator and Leandro Buzón of Caracas Mi Convive at Lugar Comun Paseo Las Mercedes September 28th 2017 at 5:00 pm. She spoke of Enlace Arquitectura´s work on the publication "CABA Cartographyof the Caracas Barrios", Pro-Inclusión with CAF and the program "City Planting" sponsored by Citibank Venezuela and coordinated by Fudep Venezuela. 

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Prodavinci - Interview of Elisa Silva by Cheo Carvajal

Prodavinci - Interview of Elisa Silva by Cheo Carvajal

Journalist Cheo Carvajal interviews Elisa Silva as part of a series dedicated to Caracas during its 450th anniversary. Elisa speaks of Enlace Arquitectura´s efforts to expand the mental map ofthe city through the recording of its informal settlements in the cartographic survey CABA and through the public-space-making-in-informal-settlements-program "City Planting"sponosred by Citibank Venezuela and coordinated by Fudep Venezuela.

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