touring the bush (15) : caracas intervened

caracas’s active urban fabric, both in physical and abstract terms, is marked by instability (from surprise constitutional decrees to flash floods), precariousness, fragmentation (social, economic, territorial), group clashes, as well as informal practices. this setting calls for resistant yet flexible architectural interventions, an architecture that can channel insecurity and disorganization, stabilizing without stagnating, strengthening social ties and sense of place, providing a dynamic backdrop for change.

the barrios are not only sources of dismay or inspiration, a bit of both. they are sites of paradox. places of community and of exclusion, of violence and conscience, of work and abandonment, of hope and crushing, of survival and of giving up. sites that contain everything the city is, wishes it was and wasn’t, compressed, charged, accelerated.

architecture in this context is not about imposition or evasion, but about adaptation and gradual change. architects matías and mateo pinto have learned this in and from caracas. they are convinced that architects should try to give ideas more than buildings, and that architectural success is more about small victories against adversity than grand schemes or preconceived ideals.

projects include the san miguel communal house in the barrio de la vega, the vertical gymnasium (collaborative project with hubert klumpner) and hillside housing. all of these projects are precisely focused interventions, experimental containers, with flexible and open user programs. linking service infrastructure, cultural / leisure activities and community development, this is the type of responsive architecture that manages to balance contradictory factors and pushes positive solutions.

next stop : ¡al caribe!

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