2014 | The housing / landscape interface (MUD Final project)

10x3ft final board layout aug 25reducedIn Latin America, urban growth has contrasted neighborhood typologies of housing: informal self-built and formally planned mass housing. In West Bogota, these two forms of rapid growth have taken over farmlands that are susceptible to flooding. The project proposes new border typologies in edges where the ground floor is giving its back to nature. Turning backs to fronts is the strategy for creating better everyday places in a currently fragmented urban fabric. // MUD Final Thesis Project | Summer 2014 Topic: social housing and informal neighborhoods near water, Latin American cities Committee: Harrison Fraker, Renee Chow, Rene Davids, UC Berkeley.

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En la mayoría de ciudades latinoamericanas, el crecimiento vertiginoso de la huella urbana se ha dado en la segunda mitad del siglo XX. En este contexto, se pueden ver dos tipologías típicas de vivienda: los barrios informales y la vivienda en masa. El caso del suroccidente bogotano es típico en la medida en que coexisten estas dos formas de vivienda, pero con la particularidad de estar en zonas susceptibles a inundación. En este sentido, el proyecto propone nuevas tipologías de borde en dos límites de barrio, que a pesar de estar frente a un humedal, le dan la espalda a este recurso natural. De esta manera, convertir los patios traseros y culatas en frentes de acceso es la estrategia para generar mejores espacios para la vida de barrio en un tejido urbano hostil y fragmentado. // Tesis de Maestría en Diseño Urbano | 2014 Tema: vivienda popular en masa y barrios informales cerca a cuerpos de agua. Comité: Harrison Fraker, Renee Chow, Rene Davids, UC Berkeley.

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2007 | Centro Cultural Español / Spanish Cultural Center (invited to participate in private competition)

Client: Agencia Española de Coperación Internacional AECI, SCA Regional Bogotá. Team: David Delgado, Angela Rueda, Felipe Bermudez, Alejandro Peña | Collaborators: Diego Bermudez, Felipe Correa | 3D interior images: Jaime Guzmán | First Prize given to architect Juan Manuel Pelaez.

2005 | Biblioteca Yopal, second prize in public competition: Three Libraries in Casanare, Colombia

A large, tree-like shadow thought to produce silence, intimacy and a desirable environment for concentration. A sort of woven texture that filters sunlight and protects space from rain configures this large “shadow”, also proposed as a space to socialize. The building is put on site in two separate two-storey buildings, trying to leave enough free space around, in order to have a surrounding park with different qualities of public spaces, from green areas to hard-floored squares. The library is 2,500m2 area.

Project Authors: Gabriel Campuzano, Felipe Bermudez.

2005 | Biblioteca Villanueva, third prize in public competition: Three libraries in Casanare, Colombia

A sequence of natural and artificial shadows in a small lot. The urban environment suggests the creation of a much more private site that without isolating itself from the town, involves public space in its interior, generating sufficient visual aperture through transparency of parts of the building. Confined courtyards are places suitable for outdoor reading and other cultural activities; reason why the library is somewhat a large roofing that allows ventilation and guarantees appropriate lighting conditions for academic purposes.

Project authors: Angela Rueda, Alejandro Peña