Status: Competition (2013)
Location: Santiago de Chile, Chile
Climate: Oceanic / maritime, Temperate
Scale: 600 ㎡ Small
Types: Cultural, Pavilion
«The ability of ordinary to become extraordinary in virtue of its scrutiny and findings constitutes […] the premise of surrealist wander and situationist drift. Through fortuitous encounters or deliberate deviation, its excursions try to reveal a potential city in the current city, the beach under cobbles.» – Walker, 2007
In some outlying areas of the cities, it is common to find precarious and pretentious artifacts that intend to give solution or reduce the lack of public spaces in the most deprived neighborhoods. In some cases, these artifacts succeed in detonating the specific activities for which they have been designed and turn into spaces recognized by the community. However, many times they are inserted without the right planning in vulnerable contexts so their purpose reverses. They undermine the integrity of the urban space, accept negative activities and denote helplessness and abandonment.
This proposal seeks to awake that other possible city, which hides under the acceptance of the existing urban landscape as an unalterable reality. It seeks to convert these artifacts into distinctive and mysterious places, whose powerful presence in the territory permeates sense and restore the integrity to the neighborhoods and their inhabitants.