“URAYCAMUY ” | Rises and falls in Quechua, Bolivia


The XII Latin American Social Architecture Student Workshop, Bolivia 2015, brings together students and architects of different nationalities that seeks to generate social interventions in the Valley of Cinti, municipality of Camargo. Its purpose, authentic and local identity

The intervention focused on the area known by the public as “EL TOBOGAN” located in the southwest of the city implemented with the aim of being a pedestrian area of transition between the city and the cemetery. A space that accumulates two functions: slide addressed to children as play area and a tour that alternates assets and liabilities organized by level to overcome the height difference that separates the city cemetery spaces.


When we made the visit, we found an amorphous space that people in Camargo not integrated into your daily life, do not appropriate space for this neglected submitted , no vegetation, no comfort to be a living place or a viewpoint, subject to sun exposure makes it an inhabitable space in the hottest hours .


The team agreed that the purpose of the intervention is to recover the space, encourage recreational activity that contributes to physical, mental development, and create a space for local identity elements characterizing its context. Contact with the community is constantly sought to strengthen the role of the architect as an intermediary between citizens and the built environment, city. In addition, was suggest that the work be carried out with the support of the community at work, ideas, materials and equipment, allowing them to integrate the construction, recognition and re- appropriation of public spaces.





Students developed analysis exercises with the urban context and the community through site visits, identification of materials and vegetation of the area, interviews, discussion and consensus, the proposed final statement was generated, the concept, the line . A reinterpretation of the line is a constant natural landscape Camargo and is brought to the built urban context with the use of hollow reed as a primary material is placed randomly , uniting and strengthening them with tie wire generating structures in various forms , heights and shadow effects also add , wood, stone and vegetation of the area as complements.



Contact area and community intervention students identified space as a potential generator of different uses throughout the day. In a first time, students, people defied transforming the transition space City – Cemetery in a cinema outdoors. The acceptance was significant which proves the potential of space and once regenerated the appropriation by part of the population. In a second stage, the challenge was to intervene in public spaces, in this case the central market; there was a presentation of the concept to check the reaction of people. Again, the response was positive making interaction with the proposal, identifying with the material used and praising dynamic volumetric proposal and shadow generated by it.


“URAYCAMUY” It emerges as an intervention on the built environment, which generates and regenerates flows, new dynamics. With a new look , functional, renewed , integrated context , identified in different parts of the city , permeable , with pace and coordinated with other sectors to communicate and connect with it , strengthen the recovery of the character , and use thereof the appropriation of space by the people of Camargo.





WorkTeam | Students from Camargo Workshop – TSL 2015
Tutors | Javier Maradiaga + Lara Plácido
Juniors Tutors | Karime Acho + Maria Eugenia Martínez + Martin Aramayo + Mauricio Mendez
Protocols | Christian Albarado + Katherine Torrico + Maria Fernanda Quezada + Natalia Serrano
Photography | Bruno Brassea + Javier Maradiaga + Lara Plácido + Sara Dillon
Location| Camargo, Valle de Cinti, Bolivia
Year| April 2015
Project Area| 650 m2.
Budget| 1100$.
Organizers| CLEA;
CLEA Bolivia |Fabio Bayro Kaiser, Universidade Católica Boliviana San Pablo
Sponsors| FAUTAPO, Hostal Cruz Huasa

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