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sanshan bolivia

abu dhabi

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t端bingen belgium

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portfolio strategic urban project

nature and built interdependancy new urban armatures


design strategies

performative and (infra) structural landscape

genuis loci

participatory design and charettes

new ecosystems landscape urbanism new patterns of new densities urban development

design as disaster mitigation

integration of architecture to landscape

various scales of intervention

passive house and zero emission

EDUCATION • Visiting School Mexico - Prototypical Networks Architectural Association, London. 25 June – Friday 6 July 2012 Project:“Prototipos Integrados Chalco” • Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (cum laude). KULeuven, Belgium. September of 2007 – September of 2008. Thesis:“HUAYCOS: Design Strategies to [re] Qualify the Ravines of Sucre” Intensive courses in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism, Design Strategies, Design Studio and Spatial Planning.

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Address: Waldhäuserstrasse 5 Tübingen 72076, Germany


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• Urban Designer - Joachim Eble Architektur. Tübingen, Germany. (December of 2008 to July 2012) Duties include: o Urban design at different scales of intervention, o Contribution in the architectural solutions of different projects, o Reference images and strategies for transportation, water, waste, energy and climate, o Participation in architectural and urban design national and international competitions, o Other supporting graphic material for the design process of many other projects. • Chief of Urban Regulations Department - Municipality of Sucre, Bolivia. (March of 2007 to August of 2007) Duties included: o Analysis of projects to be built in the city centre of Sucre o Giving building permits. o Involvement in programmes and projects carried out by the Municipality, o Regulations analysis and reforms, reports making, presentations, etc. • Job student - KULeuven. Leuven, Belgium. (September of 2005 to September of 2006) Duties included: o Administrative help in the programme of Human Settlements o Documentation Centre Responsible, o Editing readers and other course materials. • Junior Architect - IDEA Studio of Architecture and Construction. Sucre, Bolivia (March of 2004 to August of 2005). Duties included: o Collaboration in project design, o Costs estimating and construction management, o Presentations, reports making. • Junior Architect - PRAHS, Plan de Rehabilitación de Áreas Históricas de Sucre, Bolivia. (October 2004 – December 2004). Duties included: o Measuring and digitalization of the open spaces of the “Castillo de la Glorieta”. o Restoration cards and reports, o Inventory of the elements on display of the “Museo Valenzuela”, o Assisting on designing the museography.

• Master of Human Settlements. KULeuven, Belgium. September of 2005 - September of 2006. Thesis: “Constructing the Public Realm: Spatial Logics of Public Exchange” Intensive courses in Sustainable Development, Strategic Planning and Design Studios in different levels of intervention. • Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism. Universidad del Valle, Bolivia. March 1998 - March 2004. • Certificate in Regional Planning, Urbanism, Housing and Basic Services Universidad del Valle, Bolivia. August – December of 2003. • Certificate in Higher Education. Universidad del Valle, Bolivia. September – November 2002. SKILLS • Computer Programmes: AutoCAD 2d/3d, Vectorworks 2012, Sketchup, Adobe CS5, Office (advance), Rhino and Grasshopper (Beginner). • Languages: Spanish (native), English (advance), German (good). AWARDS • With Joachim Eble Arhitektur: Urban design competition, Bastad, Sweden. (1. Place) Architecture competition, Weingutkeller, Germany. (2. Place) • Academic: Full Scholarship by the Belgium Technical Cooperation. Student job tuition fee waiver by KUleuven. INTERESTS • Photography, dancing, percussion, traveling, cooking, exchanging culture and traditions.

c o n t e n t s :

“Huaycos: Design Strategies to [re] qualify the Ravines of Sucre”in Sucre, Bolivia (Thesis work 2007-2008)

Different projects with Joachim Eble Architektur, Tübingen, Germany (2009-2012)

“Intertwining Armatures” in Habaradua, Sri Lanka (2nd Semester of the master programme 2005—2006)

“Linking Soft and Hard” in Antwerp, Belgium (1er Semestre of the master programme 2007—2008)

Prototipos Integrados, Chalco in Mexico City, Mexico (2012)

“Huaycos: Design Strategies to [re] qualify the Ravines of Sucre� in Bolivia Sucre is sprawling in all directions without following a plan and facing many problems like lacking totally of public spaces and public services. The difficult topography at a certain point was a barrier for development but now sprawl just spilled over the slopes and conquers new hills; many illegal settlements are located on the high risk land slopes contaminating the ravines and streams that still structure the city. On the other hand, there is a tremendous overlapping of activities centralized in the Historic Center and almost none in the further developments. Consequently, there are traffic and pedestrian jams. It is obvious that Sucre is denying the natural topography and ravines and the potentialities of the latter of being considered as a delicate, essential and open space element that could structure the city in a more sustainable way. Three strategic locations are defined in areas of growth to further analyze and propose urban projects combined with strategies of small and economic interventions but big impact for the city. Landscape urbanism approach is used to restore the relationship of the ravine and the city and its new centrality and mobility as a strategy to support it.

genius loci landscape urbanism

strategic urban project development strategies

memory in landscape design

flexibility and adaptability

design as disaster mitigation

thesis work, 2007-2008

Reading of the current situation of the city by delayering of information and the Vision map of Sucre representing the three areas of intervention and the green structure that links the public spaces with the natural areas of the ravines.

“Huaycos: Design Strategies to [re] qualify the Ravines of Sucre� in Bolivia

As an example, the following Strategic Location [2] is defined in the border between the urban and rural area of the city. The first intervention to be carried out would be done by the Municipality and the Industry by creating water treatments through vertical microphyte and aereated lagoons. At the same time a new border would be settle which according to the topography new programmes would be placed by different actors. Some of them as strategies to define the new border and flexible to be placed according to the demands of the comunity. The community itself could improve the already existing paths, the way to the Central Government could provide better streets through the Governmental Programmes of development that exist. There would be also artificial pools for recreation as a way to slow down the rainy water and mitigate probable floods. The contaminated ravine would become a productive land promoting orchards by a land concession.

Defining the new border according to the topography

Reed beds on strategic locations

New programmes in the new border

Water retentions as recreational spaces

thesis work, 2007-2008

“Joachim Eble Architektur” in Germany ´Joachim Eble Architektur is an architecture and urban design practice based in Tuebingen, Germany. JEA’s architects and urban designers are specialized in sustainable design across all scale levels of masterplanning and architecture. For international projects the practice cooperates with John Thompson & Partners, London and Gillespies, Glasgow.


Joachim Eble Architektur specialisms include: Sustainable Urbanism including energy efficiency, climate responsive urban design, public consultation processes, mobility concepts, landscape reconstruction, high outdoor comfort, sustainable water cycles, mixed use and environmentally pleasing agri-urban-border concepts Residential Housing incorporating solar architecture, passive-houses, healthy materials and regenerative construction systems Eco-Commercial and Community Buildings with a high indoor comfort, natural ventilation, day-lighting concepts, energy-efficient and communicative design Sustainability Appraisals and Life-Cycle Assessment supported by the European ECOCITY methodology and the advanced software tool LEGOE for the assessment of costs, energy consumption, impact on health and environment´* *

ecology and sustainable strategies building cooperatives

integration of architecture to landscape

passive house and zero emission participatory design and charettes

efficient mobility

sustainable waste management

Different projects, 2009-2012

Bastad masterplan. International competition. 1st price.

Sections showing the ecological principles for the Bastad urban design competition

Participation in the team for the new ecological developement for Bastad, Sweeden Bastad. International urban design competition (1st price). Contribution in the masterplan design and sustainability strategies with section images and sketches as well as the Indesign layout of the final panels to be presented.

“Joachim Eble Architektur� in Germany

Section showing the ecological principles for the Abu Dhabi Master Plan

SEA assessment Abu Dhabi Master and Concept plan

Sustainable Strategy for the Shahama and Bahia Concept Plan and the Shahama and Bahia Masterplan in Abu Dhabi and its Sustainable Assessment with concepts images, strategies, and maps (JEA is doing this project in Collaboration with Gillespies, JTP, and Moushel

Support on the Eco-Village for the Eco-Town Suzhou in China. Project in collaboration with JTP and Gillespies. JEA did the design of the Eco-Village but proposed the sustainable strategies for the whole masterplan.

Participation in the urban design project of the Sanshan ecological development as a low-carbon city development. It was part of an academic research with the Hong Kong Chines University

Different projects, 2009-2012

40-apartment design competition (1st price), T端bingen. Supporting with the siteplan, urban analysis and floor plan solutions as well as the final Indesign layout to be presented.

Supporting material for the Weingut Keller competition (2st price). Contributing with the siteplan, the Indesign layout to be presented and sketches and images for the concept.

Weingut Keller competition (2st price). Topography, landscape and architecture

40-apartment design competition (1st price), T端bingen.

Weingut Keller competition (2st price)

“Intertwining Armatures” in Habaradua, Sri Lanka The project defines new armatures that operate at the scale of the urban-region by creating new bundles. Intertwining infrastructure and landscape, thickening infrastructure to (re)qualify the public realm and strategically inserting new amenities to consolidate existing concentrations. Three main areas are identified in the Koggala Lake region: the natural ecological reserve coming from the North surrounding the lake and infiltrating into the built environment, both the natural reserve and the lake itself, form an unique ecosystem full of fauna and flora in the whole region of Galle and Matara. In this area with a very dispersed pattern of amenities, a new farm market complex with a promenade for harvesting rice during the season and sports field in other periods is implemented between the river and the main armature road. Bicycle paths connect the primary and secondary schools to this market complex and to the Ecological Park. In the South-West, the see and the “lake-tongue” structure two interdependent towns Habaraduwa and Koggala -. The New Market, the new District Buildings, the Cinema, and the golf Course improve the urban image having a double façade, one to the see and the other one to the lake. These are linked by a new dynamic promenade that define the water edge and reinforce the public realm allowing exchange between both towns. The Habaraduwa Faculty of Tourism and Management is located in the main armature road integrated to the golf course and the Ecological Park.

regional scale intervention

design strategies new urban armatures

active participation of different actors detail site analysis

genuis loci

2nd semester, 2005-2006

The existing “Free Trade Zone” would have a new value and quality through the implementation of the “Open Fair Platforms” and the “Koggala Business and Convention Centre”. In the first one different activities would take place throughout the year from exhibitions for the Free Trade Zone, both in land and water, to concerts and all kind of fairs and festivities. In the second one all sorts of business, VIP meetings, discussion boards convention and conferences. In this integrated place, an interexchange atmosphere of its inhabitants with tourists would happen.

“Linking Soft and Hard” in Antwerp, Belgium It is an attempt to link the soft and the hard spine of the Structure Plan of Antwerp at a regional scale. To do so, the project aims to let the ecological area of the Hobokonse Polder re-conquer more space towards the Petroleum South site. From the other side the development programmes also would conquer the site in different phases integrated to the decontamination phase. This duality would be present in the site as a finger-like pattern following the concept of “shaking hands” as an act of meeting each other. The main intervention strategies focus in the different condition of the edge between the green and the development fingers. The reshaping of the topography and the capping of the contaminated soil and different species of trees define de borders of the fingers. In between, new streets with open spaces allow diverse structuring conditions for the real state development to come. Connections are implemented, from and to the polder, through walking and bicycle paths and finally, certain industrial heritage is conserved defining a new public domain linking sequentially the public spaces of the different fingers towards the riverfront.

nature and built interdependancy

landscape urbanism urban void intervention

development strategies

performative and (infra) structural landscape new ecosystems

1st semester, 2007-2008 industrial heritage


links from and to the polder

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public space intervention

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to +14

polder enlargement decontamination techniques




There is already a recuperation of some empty areas in the “Companies site” which is an investment for public space. The “rail way company site” is kept as green open space for future programmes that the city would demand but with some infills such as the “Interactive Science Museum” and some car and bus parking areas in a campus-like structure. A mixed used of sustainable energy buildings with different housing typologies for single and families would be developed by real state with different densities, by the river high rise to give a new waterfront to the city of Antwerp and middle to low dense in the rest of the development fingers in the polder. Finally part of the quays project continues until the site.

new topography

implementation strategies


“Prototipos Integrados, Chalco” in Mexico City (group project)

Part of the Architectural Association Visitng School in Mexico. The project consists on redefining the water cycle and using the new system and cycles as an oportunity to creat public space in the city. A new water source is define by capturing the water running from the Volcano chain close to Chalco. Thus, fewer water is pumped from the aquifers and consequently the sinking of the city is reduced. Rainwater is harvest from large roofs and directed to the existing wells to reintruduce the water to the aquifer. The water which gets in contact with contaminants from vehicules is cleanned through a series of reed beds that structure the public space and the greening of the city. The ¨Canal de la Compañía, which used to divide the city from the lake is a continues water cleansing system through reed beds integrated with public spaces and now gives accessibility to the lake. The latter gets a new form as flood regulator. Other strategies such as flooded areas in public spaces to control water runoff, greenroofs and mobility following the new public space structure is proposed. This could represent an example on how to make profund changes dealing with the core problem of the sinking and unsustainable water system that the whole valley of Mexico City has and using this new water cycle as an oportunity to creat a new puclic space system that works as structure for the whole city.

landscape urganism

prototipical networks

programmes and public space corridors

water retentions sustainable water cycles

reed bed systems

public space structure

AA Visiting School, 2012

Green roofs floodable areas Public space and pedestrian streets Reed beds Mobility Canal General Park

Indexing: Overall vision of the public realm that structures Chalco.

Machinic diagram: new water cycle as an oportunity to structure public space and its character

Prototype: Integration of existing and new programmes through public space corridors acording to the water system.


Academic and professional projects in urban design and architecture