We were in the second quarter in a joint work between the community of Las Minitas (Baruta) and the Architecture Career of the Simón Bolívar University. In the January-March 2012 quarter the place was worked with the professors Josefina Baldo and Carmenofelia Machado, a careful survey of the area was made and a rigorous analysis of the Natural and Environmental Conditions (CNA), the Services and Equipment (SEC) and the Forms of Development (FDD) of this informal city sector.
Starting from this type of analysis, the information says a lot about the formal structure of the neighborhood but not always about the experience it offers. It was proposed to explore with other types of studies for Las Minitas, we could do it by continuing with the exploration of the Physical Qualification of Neighborhoods in the following quarter April-July 2012 with Professor María Mercedes Hernández.
With this premise we challenge the students who analyzed the city from many points of view that we developed in the workshop to give them a character that had an inherent relationship to the urban fact in physical-spatial terms. From there emerged analyzes such as “Pedestrian Penetration Levels”, “Degrees of Interstitiality”, “States of Light-Shadow”, “Sensation of Security”, “Noise”, “Categories of Publicity”, among others.
But it was obvious that none of these analyzes could be understood on its own. A street has levels of pedestrian penetration, which influences its noise levels, the sense of security it provides and its ability to generate meeting places. In the workshops it was evident that all the variables were intertwined.
Hence, we decided to divide the neighborhood into twenty equal strips assigning one of them to each student, who made a model of perceptual analysis according to its theme. The overlapping of each look allowed us to explore the urban conditions that can be perceived and how they behaved in different ways along the same route
Then, a series of DEVELOPMENT HYPOTHESES was generated that allowed prioritizing the variables analyzed to categorize intervention strategies. And from there a series of architectural projects that allowed to give space to ideas.
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