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Caracas, Strategic and Vunlerable

Caracas, Strategic and Vunlerable

The urban planning of the capital reflects the political and socio-economic faults of Venezuela. The article explains political and territorial changes of the Chávez era, and how the Municipalities of Chacao, Baruta and El Hatillo have remained the stronghold of the opposition, where the number of people living in informal settlements is low. Still, even though people living in the barrios may have originally been strong supporters of chavismo, most are no longer with Maduro. They do however concentrate the colectivos, civilians that have been armed by the government, which are entrusted to defend the revolution at any and all cost. 

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"Manifesto To The Complete City"

"Manifesto To The Complete City"

The "Manifesto to the complete city" is a document that exposes the desire for an integrated city, where the barrios are fully recognized and prejudices and exclusions between parts of the city, or between inhabitants, do not prevail. Written by Cheo Carvajal and published in Prodavinci.com, the text denounces everyday manifestations that emphasize differences and calls on us to recognize and confront them. The barrios,although they coexist with us, are not entirely recognized as part of the city. The Manifesto invites us to participate in its recognition and to contribute to the construction of a complete city. It is part of the program "Integration in the Caracas process" and the series "Art, pedagogy and city", the Manifesto was presented at the third event of the series "Art, pedagogy and city" that is part of the program "Integration in the Caracas process". The program is organized by Enlace Fundación, Ciudad Laboratorio and the Bigott Foundation, with the support of the Baruta Mayor's Office, Puntos Solidarios, Making City and the Community of La Palomera, as well as the sponsorship of the United States Embassy in Venezuela.

 

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The Urban Cassandras of our times” by Elisa Silva in Terremoto Contemporary Art of the Americas

The Urban Cassandras of our times” by Elisa Silva in Terremoto Contemporary Art of the Americas

“The Urban Cassandras of our Times” was recently published on January 7th 2019 in Terremoto, a digital magazine on contemporary art of the Americas, as part of "Issue 13: La pared dividida" curated by Ruth Estevez. The article describes the territorial inequality present in cities in Latin America manifested in the divide between “formal” and “informal” urban fragments. Such contrast is the result of neglect and denial by local authorities and citizens at large in the face of an obvious urban ill.  Interventions in several cities of Latin America over the past 2 decades have presented noteworthy cases of urban integration through public space investment in informal settlements.

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“Pavement and drainage of the Sabana Grande Boulevard” by Andrea Griborio in Arquine.com

“Pavement and drainage of the Sabana Grande Boulevard” by Andrea Griborio in Arquine.com

Arquine.com recently published on December 29, 2018 an article on the Sabana Grande Boulevard Pavement and Drainage Project in Caracas Venezuela, which is part of the editorial´s publication “Radical 50:Arquitecturas Latinoamericanas” edited by Miquel Adria and Adriana Griborio. The article documents the transformation process of the 1.6 km long pedestrian boulevard from its occupation by informal vendors to the complete recovery of its floor plane with a new pavement pattern of degradations from light to dark gray. The ground plane was leveled to one continuous surface in order to guarantee greater accessibility.

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Elisa Silva, social projects do not exclude beauty

Elisa Silva, social projects do not exclude beauty

Faitha Nahmens publishes an interview with Elisa Silva on the occasion of her participation in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Chile in an article in the digital magazine Climax, December 9, 2017. She introduces the text with the following lines: “Venezuela was distinguished in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Chile with the project City Planting by Fudep Venezuela, Citibank and Enlace Arquitectura. Her ideas change lives in Caracas, with a focus placed on the barrios and their integration into the urban life of the Capital, always in hand with the necessary social hinge.”

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Catalogue of the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Chile “Diálogos Impostergables”

Catalogue of the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Chile “Diálogos Impostergables”

The Catalogue for the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Chile “Diálogos Impostergables”, edited by Felipe Vera and Constanza Larach, features the project City Planting. The publication is a compilation of projects by architects, academics, activists and government agencies from 26 countries. Material related to urban concerns and the construction of our future cities is discussed. The dynamics concentrate on topics of the common, identity, vulnerability, social inclusion, resources and the future. City Planting is presented in the activist category in segment “the common”.

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Elisa Silva: The imagination of a complete city; by Cheo Carvajal

Elisa Silva: The imagination of a complete city; by Cheo Carvajal

Cheo Carvajal interviews Elisa Silva as one of his fourth guests in a series of reflections about Caracas and her 450th anniversary, in the digital publication Prodavinci, August 16th 2017. The article speaks of Elisa´s approximation to working in informal settlements and the need to integrate these territories in city dynamics, in addition to improve their living conditions: “It is not so much about transforming small spaces as it is about transforming the city we have in our heads. That is what City Planting is addressing, not only because it’s the type of intervention we can build with the resources we have, but because it produces an important social impact in the production and care for spaces.”

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The Pavement of the Sabana Grande Boulevard is selected among 50 architecture projects in Latin America.

The Pavement of the Sabana Grande Boulevard is selected among 50 architecture projects in Latin America.

The publication “Radical 50 Latin American Architectures”, edited by Miquel Adriá and Andrea Griborio of Arquine Publishers, compiles 50 projects buit between 2010 and 2015 by architects and groups of architects in Latin America. The book foregrounds architectures for public use and highlights participatory processes and the community´s investment to build spaces. The publication features work in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Sabana Grande Boulevard is presented as a singular pedestrian public space in Caracas, together with the work of architect Alejandro Haiek in Catia to represent Venezuela´s architecture.

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Prodavinci publication – Social inclusion allows cities to be more efficient and sustainable

Prodavinci publication – Social inclusion allows cities to be more efficient and sustainable

Prodavinci published an article by Elisa Silva titled "Social Inclusion allows cities to be more efficient and sustainable." Social Inclusion and Equity are not only the manifestations of a more just society, they are also critical conditions for sustainable development. This causality is more visible today thanks to efforts to produce data through indicators such as the Sustainable Development Goals SDG, and more recently the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. We find that levels of inequality are often very different between cities of the same country, in spite of economic and social political policies that operate at the national level. What then occurs locally that makes some cities experience greater equality and social inclusion? The article focuses on experiences of 10 cities throughout the world.

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