Temporal and permanent structures

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Title: Temporal and permanent structures
Author: Garcia, Liliana Marcela
Advisor: El-Dahdah, Fares
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: Forced migration caused by violence affects the city development. It affects the facility to have public services, pushes the problem of dwelling and extents the zones of marginal urban settlements. In Colombia, these displaced people have moved toward the big cities, especially Bogota. The new population has been concentrated in the south part of the city beyond its limits and the population is to expand towards the mountain. This displaced population has been settled in the lower part of the mountain, in the zone between the historic center (urban) and the mountain (nature). The mountain is an important natural resource that surrounds the city and serves as a transition between city and nature. This allows enjoying different activities and different scenarios within a close proximity to the city. The new settlements have affected the area due to the inappropriate systems and methods used to build their new houses, consequently the lack of design and infrastructure have brought natural repercussions. Land erosion, is the biggest problem and represents a threaten to the historic zone due to the permanent slides. In order to solve the problem of erosion and to recover the site as an important place of transition between city and nature, the strategy involves the manipulation and design of the landscape establishing specific places and points of infrastructure that can be used by the city for cultural and recreational activities and in which also temporal housing can take place, giving the site different uses and the sense of changing interaction between city and nature.
Citation: Garcia, Liliana Marcela. (2003) "Temporal and permanent structures." Masters Thesis, Rice University.
Date: 2003

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