May 24, 2012

The Potential of the Forgotten

This is the result of a year-long research and design project. Please enjoy!

 

The Potential of the Forgotten

April 25, 2012

Thesis Presentation (4/20/2012)

The following link contains the digital images that I used to present my thesis. The night before the presentation I made ice-cream at home and put it in the cart the next day to share with whoever attended the review.

final pin-up

April 12, 2012

Ice-Cream cart Process

The following show the process of making the cart, so far. The only thing left to install are the doors!

March 18, 2012

Pin Up #3

Last Friday’s presentation:

pin up 3

February 20, 2012

Pin-up #2

Last Friday’s presentation: pinup 2

February 10, 2012

Concept Diagram

The following diagram shows the dynamics of the proposal. The Muchinga occupants will be able to grow their own food, learn to cook or any other skills at the multipurpose workshop and the existing Boulton Homes, and reclaim construction materials at the Re-purposing Center. The goal is that whoever participates in this program can in the end learn to build, or build their own food carts and sell their food on the streets.

concept diagram

 

 

January 27, 2012

First pin-up

January 18, 2012

The INbetween Gaps

The Historic Center of La Guaira is in desperate abandoned conditions. After surviving a massive landslide in December of 1999, and plainly being neglected for many years, the majority of the still standing buildings have been left alone. Some of the facilities are still filled with dirt from the landslide. The Fundación La Guayra Ciudad Histórica has the mission to bring back life to this historic city and transform it into a tourist attraction for Venezuelans and foreigners. Their hope is to have in La Guaira what, for example, San Juan in Puerto Rico has. Since most of the buildings, if not all, are protected for their historic value, and also to keep the essence of the city of La Guaira, it is imperative that the new additions and improvements maintain that historic value and image. The first few projects that will be constructed in this area will be some hostels. The main idea is that by transforming little by little every square inch of the Historic Center, the citizens and the barrio occupants that live behind the center will take pride in their territory and make it bloom. By enhancing the existing conditions of the Historic Center, the barrio occupants will benefit in many ways. First they will be able to work in the hostels, or even establish their own business by the hostels. As a result they will have a steady income, and will more likely spend that money improving their homes. Another great organization, the Fundación Boulton, has rehabbed two of the existing buildings in the historic center and turned them into a Culinary School and a Woodwork School, with the intention of providing young adults (in high school and graduates) with the skills necessary to utilize in the future hostels of the historic center.  All this great positive energy is bound to affect its surroundings.

The barrio Muchinga is located directly behind the Historic Center. It is a rather small barrio with only 60 housing units, but it has been around for over 200 years. The current residents recently got a government grant that allows them to acquire basic construction materials for rebuilding their homes. These materials are: clay brick, concrete, re-bar, and basic plumbing. The money each household gets allows them to rebuild the first level of their homes, but they have to build the rest of the house with their own money. Currently, 20 of the 40 houses that received the grant are under construction. Some houses are being built by their owners, and the rest are being built by neighbors. Since the barrio is very small, it doesn’t have enough space for gathering areas, and the ones that could be used for gathering are now occupied with construction materials. Also, the only way up to the houses is through a series of stairs, and the construction materials have to be manually carried up the stairs. However, one of the best qualities of this neighborhood is the view that most of these houses enjoy. The international port, the coast line and the historic center’s roofs of clay tiles are visible from almost everywhere in Muchinga.

The most intriguing part of the barrio however, is the existing gap between it and the historic center. There is a row of ruins that separate the two, and no one seems to have any plans for what could potentially be a great space for the barrio and the historic center. This project will intend to figure out what the best function for these untouched spaces is, in a way that maintains the historic integrity of La Guaira, and at the same time provide a better future for the Muchinga barrio occupants. This gap can be the melting point where both worlds, formal and informal, collide. Some of the ideas floating at the moment are: more specialized schools for young adults to learn for the future tourism center, or public gathering facilities (for both the barrio occupants and the historic center), medical facilities, agriculture gardens. As the project evolves, these gaps will become what the community of Muchinga and the historic center need to prosper and become the great tourism attraction that it was meant to be.

December 14, 2011

Final Book draft and coming trip to Caracas

I’m getting ready to leave to Venezuela for Winter Break. After visiting my family and celebrating the Holidays I will be doing as much research as possible in Caracas. The plans are not set in stone yet, but whatever I learn there, will sure end up in this blog. For now please take a look at the Thesis Book so far and feel free to post any comments, advice, etc.

Thesis book Veronica Eulacio

 

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November 16, 2011

Planting Oportunities

As part of the thesis process we
had an informal presentation in the atrium of CAP last Thursday. During this
time we discussed our standing in the project with students and professors who
stopped by. I had a very interesting conversation with prof. Bob Koester, he
was trying to understand my intent with this project and in all honesty it was
difficult to put it in words. I explained that I do not want to affect the life
of the people from the barrios in such a way that it changes their culture or
way of living, my intention is to improve their life with a small intervention
and provide a solution that is architectonic in nature. Professor Koester
suggested an intriguing idea: to design a module that can be easily assembled
by the barrio occupants and turned into different facilities: a bus stop, a
place for kids to recreate, a shelter for services such as electricity, and to
find a way to plant these elements strategically throughout the barrio so that
they feed the community in all these aspects of life. These modules would be a
network of connections that would seize to encourage the community for
improvement. People from the barrios only build when they have the materials
and resources to do so, therefore, these modules should be provided to them in
the same manner, as they pay a small fee or maybe do something good for the
community. This was only an idea that I’m considering to develop further but in
a way is what I was thinking the final project would have turned out to be, I
just had not expressed it this clear in words.

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