Group 3 MONTEVIDEO RETORNABLE


2009-03-25 13:00:00 -
The brief: MONTEVIDEO RETORNABLE

Objetivo Análisis y propuestas de reciclaje del espacio urbano, la reutilización y recuperación de los vacíos, espacios inexistentes, suelos sin uso, que generan las infraestructuras de la ciudad.
Presentación
Montevideo, puerto natural, es uno de los más importantes del cono sur. Una amalgama, un material todavía por conocer, un conglomerado de elementos naturales, artificiales e inmateriales, flujos, al mismo tiempo poroso y fibroso, cargada de memorias y vastas extensiones desleídas que ahora pide ser reciclada con imaginación y pragmatismo, adaptándola a una cultura cuyas sensibilidades y forma de instalación han variado drásticamente.
Montevideo Retornable propone la creación de un foro de debate sobre el espacio urbano, y en concreto sobre la recuperación de determinados espacios, hoy desaparecidos para el uso de los ciudadanos, dando visibilidad a algo que siempre había estado oculto. Con la intervención de todos los agentes que crean ciudad, y con la colaboración de aquellos que pueden modificarla desde el pensamiento contemporáneo, se invita a ensayar una nueva mirada, alcanzando una dimensión crítica.
El origen de la apropiación de un espacio, el motivo de su modificación intencionada, es lo que da lugar a su nacimiento, lo que configura su identidad.
La ciudad de Montevideo, como consecuencia de su crecimiento ha ido desarrollando unas infraestructuras de gran escala que han ocupado parte del territorio. Estas obras públicas se han comenzado bajo unas condiciones de densidad y presión demográfica que han ido aumentando con el paso de los años, de manera que lo que en su origen podrían ser espacios de mantenimiento, reserva y servidumbre, se han ido convirtiendo en espacios residuales ligados a estas infraestructuras, y con grandes posibilidades a través de su transformación.
Catálogo de espacios reciclables
Espacios del agua Las infraestructuras de portuarias y las canalizaciones de agua potable que suministran la ciudad de Montevideo ocupan un espacio con una serie de rígidas servidumbres que en algunos casos se convierte en grandes superficies residuales que podrían ser recicladas.
Espacios del hierro Las infraestructuras de ferrocarriles disponen de un espacio de seguridad y en muchos casos de reserva a lo largo de toda su extensión que en algunos casos se convierten en grandes superficies residuales que podrían ser recicladas, al menos temporalmente.
Espacios del asfalto Las infraestructuras de comunicaciones rodadas, se diseñan bajo unos parámetros de densidad que varían con el tiempo. Montevideo crece y con su extensión se absorben áreas periféricas. De esta manera grandes superficies ocupadas por ramales, glorietas y lazos de cambios de sentido quedan con un carácter residual, y un potencial de reciclaje cada día mayor.

Aims
Analysis and proposals for the recycling of the urban space, the reuse and recuperation of the urban voids, non-existent spaces or misused surfaces generated by the city’s infrastructure
Introduction
Montevideo, natural harbour, is one of the most important docks of the Southern Cone. An amalgam, a yet unknown material, an aggregate of natural, artificial and immaterial elements and fluxes. Simultaneously porous and fibrous, loaded with memories and featuring vast unread extensions, the city now craves to be recycled immaginatively and pragmatically, in order to adapt itself to a culture whose concerns and settling habits have changed drastically.
Returnable Montevideo proposes the creation of a debate forum on the urban space, and, more precisely, on the recovery of certain spaces which have actually disappeared for the citizens’ use, unveiling something which had always been hidden.
With the intervention of the agents which take part in the creation of the city, and the co-operation of those which are able to modify it through the contemporary thought, a new insight on the city is put forward, reaching a critical dimension.
The origin of the appropriation of a certain space, the reason for its deliberate change, is actually what gives birth to it and configures its identity.
As a consequence of its growth, Montevideo has developed some large-scale infrastructures which have occupied a part of the territory. These public works started under certain demographic conditions of density and pressure which have increased throughout the years. Thus, those spaces which were initially devoted to maintenace, reserves or servitudes have become residual spaces linked to those infrastructures, and hoard a great potential through their transformation.
Returnable spaces catalogue
Waterspace Harbour infrastructures and the potable water canalizations which supply the city occupy a space which features a wide range of strict servitudes that, in some cases, can turn these terrains into vast residual land extensions which might be recycled.
Ironspace Railway infrastructures are surrounded by a security –and sometimes storage- perimeter all along their routes. These residual land extensions could also be recycled, at least temporarily.
Asphaltspace Wheeled traffic infrastructures are designed under certain density parameters which vary eventually. Montevideo keeps on growing, and therefore absorbing peripheral areas. In this way, the vast surfaces occupied by drive-ins, drive-outs, roundabouts or U-turns are earning a residual character and, furthermore, an increasing recyclable potential.


2009-03-26 23:01:52 -
start workshop


2009-03-30 07:15:30 - Marina van den Bergen
MONTEVIDEO RETORNABLE

Group 3 toured around the coastline, looking for waste spaces. They located ten of them, places which use is not defined, places where rivers meet the sea. They will classify these places in order to get a grip on them. The group will pick one place and make a proposal for that plot. They\'re approach is very grass root, when visiting the plots they put on signs asking people what they think should be with the plot.
montevideoretornable.blogspot


2009-03-31 02:12:49 - Marina van den Bergen
Workshop first presentations (update)

The focus lies on re-use and re-occupation of urban voids and empty spaces for the purpose of re-implant these spaces in the urban fabric. They do this by giving them a meaningful program. The group left notes neat the empty spots asking people what it is they want to see happen in that particular spot. For this, they opened a blog and left a telephone number.
The empty spots do not necessarily belong to the neighbourhood; they belong to the whole city. Because of the vast amount of urban voids in Montevideo the group concentrated on spots near the coastline, as all the other groups are working near the waterfront. They also excluded the very small spots. The thought is you need a certain scale for meaningful programs.
The first stage of their project consisted in surveying and mapping the urban voids and leaving the appeals behind. The second stage will see proposals that are more definite.
Some questions were raised by the other group participants. One of them asked why they didn\'t consider big empty building as well. (Just as there are many empty spaces in the city, there are also many empty buildings). Group 3 argue that buildings are returnable, but these spaces will never be automatically developed unless you think up a strategy.


2009-04-06 20:43:32 - Vincent Tuinema / Marina van den Bergen
workshop presentation group 3
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