Cities + Secrets

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conclusion The result of this analysis shows how the urban norm is promoting the basic cell of growth of the Island City. Taking into account all the decisions taken by the norm, all that is left to do is to install a fence and a gate and we have another gated community. An island that excludes public space and instead installs internal communal spaces; an island that turns it’s back to the outside and leaves an urban desert. Furthermore, in most cases this gated community has nothing to do with the suburban myth, an individual house with garden in the countryside, that so many Bogotanos´ dream of. In turn they get row houses surrounded by car lanes, parking lots and if they’re lucky, minuscule green spaces. This reality of Bogota is the product of a hidden obscure manifesto that is shaping the city.

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the suburban dream

the suburban reality

- House in the country side - Private Garden, nature and green spaces - Custom made house - Single owned plot - Car life style

- Small footprint, density - Open Spaces for cars - Standard Row Houses - Collective property of land - No green Space - No Garden