City Planting - La Palomera

  • Location:
    La Palomera, Baruta Municipality - Caracas Venezuela
  • Date:
  • Client:
    Citibank Venezuela and Fudep Venezuela
  • Team:
    Fudep Venezuela, Enlace Arquitectura and Baruta Municipality
  • Photography:
    Enlace Arquitectura
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"City Planting" is a capacity building program that supports underprivileged communities in Venezuelan cities to build public spaces in their neighborhoods. It is sponsored by Citi Venezuela, and executed by Fudep Venezuela and Enlace Arquitectura.

To date the program has supported 12 communities. Participation entails a varied mix of outdoor activities such as walks, games, theatrical productions and construction workshops that focus on recognizing the potential for transformation in specific urban spaces, identifying activities that can take place in these spaces and designing and building public space projects. 

In La Palomera, the community selected a clandestine waste dump and transformed it into a vibrant new public space that doubles as a lookout point over the city. Children participated in making the pavement using the tops of plastic containers and painted recycled pallet wood boards to build a 14-foot long bench. The project also includes new side walks after negotiating with the community to remove abandoned vehicles.