Architecture | Urban Design | Community Planning
Student Competition Universidad de Los Andes
Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia
Laura Cuervo – Oscar González – Daniel Díaz – Luisa Brando - Isabel Saffon
The challenge was to project future efficient use of natural and economic resources, without risking cultural identity.
The contest sought a vision that promotes the growth of the municipality, articulating the traditional way of living of the Wayuu indigenous in the challenging contemporary scene. This suggested that participants were basedtheir study of the dynamics and principles of Wayuu people in terms of economics, land uses, and cultural cosmogony.
The vast dessert of la Guajira remains untouched because of this traditional dynamics, but everyday it becomes harder to get education, food and other social needs, therefore, people are migration to the cities, context in which the social identity is despairing.
Our proposal pretended to recreate an atomized model that resembles the Wayuu way of living, but gave equal opportunities to social needs. In order to prevent forced displacement to urban areas, we proposed a public space, gathering place around a Jaguey (traditional wells) where community services are available and where water is purified; improving the quality of life for residents. The wells remain the heart of culture, but the model adds a substantial value.
A flexible house is proposed (in terms of materials and structure). It could grow in faces, allowing the inhabitants to grow according to their needs and their economic scope. As well the prototype reinterpreted the enrramada, a traditional open social area.