Hi everyone How are you? We are from Caracas, Venezuela. We are architecture students from la Universidad Central de Venezuela We are very interested in the slums, particularly of South America The slums aren’t a problem, they are a solution for families who cannot afford a house generally because of economics problems Here in Venezuela we have lots of slums Actually, more than 45% of the population in Caracas live in a slum and they represent 25% of the surface of the city Inside the slums there are many houses and between those houses there are spaces that in some cases are just abandoned whit a lot of trash and makes the community more insecure Another problem in Venezuela right now that we want to adress here is the energy and water crisis Currently there is a rationing of water and we relied on the goverment to provide water a few times a day Also we are experiencing rationing of electricity as well we want to propose an idea to try to solve those two problems: The slums and the energy and water crisis Our idea is to take those abandoned spaces between the houses and trough design and architecture renovate them to make a public space for the community to enjoy Those spaces will be constructed with economics or recycled materials and at the same time will collect water and generate energy from alternative sources We are basing this project from the idea that if you provide a community with a public space this will be a catalyst for the community to develop by themself There are examples of this working in Colombia, Ecuador, etc. And even here in Venezuela there are examples in some slums But we want to make this a little bit different not only we will create a public space for the community but also it will make a sustainable space for them to grow We want to develop this idea in the slum: La Vega at the South-West of Caracas we chose this place because we are currently making community service there for our unniversity It’s a slum that we know has some problems and there are spaces that we can renovate For example, in this space right here What if we renovate it to make it a better public space where kids can play or the community can gather together and at the same time How the architecture can generate alternative energy sources for them? Or in this space right here that is abandoned We can apply the same principle but it will adapt to the conditions of that specific space and for exapmle, it can have a Multi-use court with bleachers and a roof that will generate energy from the sun and collect water We would love if you could help us make this idea to reality Because it will help a community in need here in Caracas, but also it will show everyone else how they can help a community in another slum in any part of the world

ARCHITECTURE IN SLUMS: sustainable spaces
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11 thoughts on “ARCHITECTURE IN SLUMS: sustainable spaces

  • May 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm
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    Is amazing how a couple of students have the capacity to view a problem and propose a way to solve it in a community that needs the help the most, and in a country that is passing through a tough time in it's history

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  • May 14, 2016 at 11:52 am
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    This is the best Solvey application I've seen yet, I'm so excited for you guys, I hope it goes well for you.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm
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    Hope you guys get exposure from the Solvey project! Great ideas, great motivation. Keep up the good work!

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  • May 29, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Alejandro & Isabella,

    WHOOP WHOOP REPPING VENEZUELA!!
    Thanks for bringing this, beautiful start…

    I like your framing that the slums are not a problem .
    45 % living in a slum – WOW! thats huge.

    Energy and Water Crisis!
    WOW YOU ARE INSPIRING

    what a cool solution 🙂
    Good that there are some examples already.

    I like that you are already working there and know the space!

    Ok – lets get serious about the plan now!

    Do the people that you talk about want this?
    how much is that gonna cost?
    who do you need to convince?
    is there anyway to prove your concept on a smaller scale first?
    What does $2,000 get you?

    Very exciting and well done!!
    (please post back on solvey.com)

    Dave

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  • June 14, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    The real problem of venezuela is the government …

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  • June 26, 2016 at 1:26 am
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    Lets see what we can do here. I want to figure out how can I help from Canada.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm
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    Q Hermosooo trabajo!!!

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  • December 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    ¡Felicidades, chamos! I really hope that despite all the political turmoil you'll be able to realize your project with Solvey's support. I'm very proud of you as a young Venezuelan too! 🙂

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  • February 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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    can you suggest me any desktop studies or already developed slums , giving the architectural design solutions like this ?
    it would be helpful information for me , thank you , and nice video with good information thank you

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  • September 4, 2018 at 11:57 am
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    It's people like these who should be running Venezuela but instead….

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  • June 12, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    how you going now alejandro?

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