MARÍA PAULA VÉLEZ ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO
ABOUT Undergrad student from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in BogotĂĄ, Colombia. Currently majoring in Sustainability in architecture at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, first year double degree program. I believe architecture is a direct reflection of human interaction, and that it has the potential of shaping it too. It has the responsibility of corresponding and serving human dynamics. Strengthening the sense of place, identity and belonging to the inhabited spaces. I think of myself as a disciplined, creative and cooperative individual that enjoys the logical, analytic and creative process of solving habitational problems through architecture.â€¨Iâ€™ve learned purpose is given by the love you put into the things you do, and that achievement is driven by passion. Architecture is about solving problems through ideas, it is also and mostly made out of passion. I believe in sustainable development by means of inclusive, innovative, participatory and multidisciplinary processes. In architecture, as the search of functionality and beauty through simple solutions and healthy practices, tightly bound to communities and their sense of belonging.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 2017 - 2019
MASTER DEGREE IN SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE First year of Double degree Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
2013 - 2019
BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotรก, Colombia.
1997 - 2011
ITALIAN / CULTURAL EXCHANGE Romanica Accademia Italiana di Lingua e Cultura Modena, Italia BACHELOR DEGREE Rochester School, Bogotรก, Colombia.
LANGUAGES SPANISH : ENGLISH :
NATIVE IELTS : 7.5 Spoken: High proficiency Written: High proficiency
CILS : C1 Spoken: High proficiency Written: High proficiency
DELF : B1 Spoken: Basic Knowledge Written: Basic Knowledge
BEST ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION 2018, PoliTO, Torino, Italia. MENZIONE QUALITÀ DEL PROGETTO E COMUNICAZIONE Proposal: BAROLO COMMUNITY LOOP - TEAM 14
BID Urban Lab 2017, SemiFinalist, Guyamallén, Mendoza, Argentina. Proposal: “GOID PARK”
Lab Reviews II exhibit , in LINE LAB, Bogotá, Colombia. Academic Proyect: “GUIDE THROUGH PATRIMONY INTERVENTION”
Lab Reviews I exhibit , in LINE LAB, Bogotá, Colombia. Academic Proyect: “ENZYMATIC TERRITORY”
WORK EXPERIENCE 2018
Summer Intern for LIN Architekten Urbanisten, Franklinstrasse 15, 10587 Berlin, Germany.
Member of the “Architecture Eco-Incremental Lab” Seedbed of investigation In the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
Collaborator in the Architecture exhibit for RIBA accreditation: MORE in LESS, at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
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Strong communication and collaboration skills
Investigation, data gathering and analysis, for general understanding and specific problem identification of the working area of the urban or architectonic project.
Formulation of scenarios; in order to guide ideas towards solutions for an urban or architectonical project conception and development.
Logic prioritization of factors and requirements, to be implemented or considered in the design process of an urban or architectonic project.
Physical Model making skills.
Strong Graphic representation skills. Strong organizational Skills Efficient Visual, Oral and Written Communication skills to conceive, explain and sell ideas and concepts.
Digital skills implementation for the development and detailing of the urban or architectonic project.
AUTOCAD SKETCHUP ILLUSTRATOR PHOTOSHOP
3D MAX LUMION RHINOCEROS REVIT
ARCHICAD GOOGLE EARTH ARCGIS OFFICE
V-RAY INDESIGN GRASSHOPPER
Bathing culture and habitational hub: Post-Industrial harbor development project
GLOBAL CITIES, MEXICO CITY
GUIDE THROUGH PATRIMONY INTERVENTION
Guaymallén, Mendoza, Argentina.
SCHRÖDINGER CAT HOUSE
2015 Patrimony Intervention
MODELLI DI GESSO
Mártires, Bogotá, Colombia.
Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
Cat Refuge and Vet
Miguel Hidalgo, México D.F, Mexico.
Santa Cruz de Mompox, Colombia.
Tibabuyes, Bogotá, Colombia.
BID URBAN LAB 2017 : GOID PARK
SUNBRELLA FUTURE SHADE OF 2017 : LIGHT CRUMBS
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Art Center
ENZYMATIC TERRITORY Mártires, Bogotá, Colombia.
Place: Gothenburg, sweden. Type: Harbor park / water entretaiment facilities / housing project 2018
BATHING CULTURE AND HABITATIONAL HUB
POST-INDUSTRIAL HARBOR TRANSFORMATION; FRIHAMNEN, SWEDEN
â€œWhat would architectural and urban space at the waterfront look like if it were sensitive to the specific characteristics and cultural heritage of a post-industrial harbor site; massing that is not dictated by automobiles and conventional street systems; and spatial solutions that benefit from both the opportunities of real estate and the challenges of climate change? How would such an urban area work and by what criteria can architecture regenerate development at the waterfront?â€?
water facilities: hot-tubs / pool
WHERE THE CITY COMES CLOSE TO THE WATER
A post-industrial Harbor in Frihamnen transformed into an entretaiment district, with an essential housing component. The water Agora seeks an intimate, fun relationship with the water, a harbor park and new habitational district for Gothenburg. Floating platforms that hold the water facilieties, and addapt to the rising water level due to the climat change, and a fixed mega-structure that supports the dwelling in the upper part of the project.
water facilities: Sauna / hot tubs
Pedestrian access ramp
Pedestrian sight from bike path
Bathing culture level -1.5mts
Groundfloor level +6.5mts
16 Dwelling plan
GRoundfloor level +11mts
Place: guaymallén, mendoza, argentina Type: urban renewal competition 2017 Semi-finalist
BID URBAN LAB 2017
GOID PARK : “GUAYMALLÉN OASIS OF INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT”
GUYMALLÉN in Mendoza, 21
Argentina is calling for an urban renewal proposal for this 26 hectares unused polygon in the pheriphery of the city. Looking for a proposal that embraces the character of the place, revitalizes the existing patrimony left of the old train station, and brings a whole lot of opportunities for the local people. The addressed problem is this underused urban void in the city. The change in use that left abandoned the old train station, causing its immediate context to deteriorate and the rupture of the urban tissue, turning into a physical barrier that difficults appropriation, connectivity and interaction.
GOID PARK bases its conception
upon the historical natural characteristic of Guymallén; the “Oasis”. A natural, fertile ecosystem where things grow, which is used in the proposal as a great scale Park where innovation and entrepreneurship is harvest. Taking local strengths and potentialities and turning them into opportunities and development for the territory and its inhabitants. The park works as an open laboratory, where external entities are brought together with entrepreneurs and locals, in order to strenghten and promote research, production, and knowledge, in benefit of the terretory and its inhabitants. All framed under the leisure, public and natural landscape of the park. A “modern Agora” where intelectual and economic exchange is encouraged in a fun natural environment.
COhesion strategy park circuit
productive and educational uses
Agro industrial uses
22 local crops patrimony / community local uses
quino : Eco-park
sports and entretaiment
Axonometric view contest: phase I
GOID PARK 1
park and circulation : roads, walking trails and green areas
THE COHESION STRATEGY
The circuit keeps the park, the innovation, productive and educational use connected. It allows the local people and visitors direct contact with the activities within and among the different buildings inside the park.
Program : commercial, educational, innovative, productive, cultural and habitational uses.
The cohesion strategy : Relates uses and park and connect the green areas with the Program.
recycled heritage structure
Library: study center
25 PArk: Playgrounds
recycled heritage structure
Contest: Phase II
Axonometric view Contest: Phase II
seeks to keep the local scale tightly involved with the larger scale uses. It is a large park with cultural and recreational uses and at the same time an innnovation research and productive campus, both of wich fit perfectly together and stay close to the local community.
Sports center Axonometric view
Sports center Groundfloor plan
1) Main Access 2) Entrance Plaza (The Water plaza) 3) Café/Bar 4) Office 5) Ramp 6) Pool facilities entrance 7) Changing rooms 8) Lockers 9) Bathrooms
3 5 8
10) Playground 11) “Multiple Court” 12) Interactive/ cinema Plaza 13) Spectator area/grandstands 14) Olympic Pool 15) Terrace
Place: any pedestrian street, Bogotá, Colombia. Type: competition 2017
SUNBRELLA FUTURE SHADE OF 2017 BUILDING SHADE CHALLENGE LIGHT CRUMBS “Define an existing shade problem
29 in local community or beyond and design a solution using Sunbrella fabrics”
Our understanding of public space is changing; it is becoming a key element for citizens. Taking relevance in our everyday activities and becoming, at last a main concern in the development of our city (Bogota, Colombia). The vehicle roads are losing importance in central zones of our city, pedestrian pathways are the vision for a friendly and walkable city. This situation emphasizes the importance of the shadow in public spaces, not only for protection, our vision of shadows goes beyond the technical solution for environmental factors like the sun or the rain, we believe in elements of shadow that create virtual spaces, activities, and zones that enhance the life and relation in spaces of common congregation.
Place: Chía, cundinamarca Colombia. Type: Cat adoption center / vet Academic project 2017
SCHRÖDINGER CAT HOUSE REFUGE AND HOTEL; A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO CAT /OWNER INTERACTION
THE CAT HOUSE seeks a 31
different way to relate owner and cat, and to keep the cats in a relaxed environment, without restraining them. The central space (which is the cat’s playing area) allows the owners to observe the animals from a central higher level, while the cats are surrounding this central space from a lower level. Instead of being contained behind a glass or cage, the cats are free, but separated from the visitors by this change of height.
RAMMED EARTHwas chosen as
the main constructing material as it is brings insulation from the weather conditions, it is easily found in site and it helps achieve the desired esthetic feel. As Shrodinger’s paradox the project acts as a “transparent container”for the cats, allowing the observer to constantly see the cats. Axonometric view
private cat area â€œdormsâ€?
social cat area cat / owner
rammed earth wall
Internal patio owner area
CAt lawn area
cats for adoption area 1mt
cat keeper dorm CAt lawn area
cats for adoption area
wood embeded structure for rammed earth wall
Concret plinth wall
Cat house main entrance sight
Place: Tibabuyes, Bogotá, Colombia. Type: Cultural / educational Academic project 2016
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FOR THE CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH OF A MARGINAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE PHERIPHERY OF THE CITY OF BOGOTÁ.
TIBABUYES is a marginal 39
neighborhood in the pheriphery of the city of Bogotá, located in the west end of the suba peninsula, it is characterized as many other latin american pheripheries, for it’s progressive auto-construction “popular architecture”, and a lack of public space in precarious conditions that comes with this process. The urban context was modified with the conception of the center in order for it to become an integrated renewal proposal, with a local impact that contemplates a network of other urban facilities and of enjoyable public space, rather than a single isolated intervention.
THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER is located in the periphery
of the city, where the city meets the river and the prairie. The project seeks, among other things, to restore the river’s roll as an essential element in the enjoyable public space. The building is inscribed into the river park, as a center piece in the peninsula, where the artistic activities for the youth take place in a natural environment. It keeps the park from flooding when the river grows by channeling the water through stripes in the public space.
40 Outdoor theater public deck
Public space flooding system low water level
45 high water level
Place: miguel hidalgo, MĂ‰XICO D.F, MĂ‰XICO. Type: WORKSHOP / 2016
MEXICO CITY WORKSHOP
informal settlements of industry workers
industry obsolescence brown field in the city
OR MAYBE... brow field is filled with a new park project, land prices rise
original inhabitants are forced to move out due to the gentrification process
EXCLUDING RE-DEVELOPMENT LOGIC The workshop is about coming up with a concept and a project for a re-development district in Miguel Hidalgo, in Mexico City. This district that began located in the periphery of the city, had a very strong industrial identity and developed an important working class settlement around it. Due to the fast growing process the city undertakes, conurbation logics and the industry decay and abandonment, the district (as many others) undergoes a physical and social decay, which opens an area of opportunities for the city to take advantage of.
This is followed by the logics of real estate pressure that will eventually end up in the expell of the traditional population in the district. This will be the result of an exclusive tranformation process that pushes the less fortunate to the periphery in a never ending cycle.
... They get to stay. and a new project that brings services and other uses to their community comes along
TOWARDS A MORE INCLUSIVE RE-DEVELOPMENT PROCESS This re-developmente social housing project, aims on one hand to supply the demand in housing for low income population in the area. And most importantly to build a community center; seaking to strengthen the neighborhood identity and to promote the social interaction among the traditional and the new population. As well as to provide spaces for economical and other recreational and educational activies.
This project uses the modular habitational unit in order to make flexible and diverse spaces, to fit different necessities. It works with two base units of 5x5 meters each, assembled in multiple ways in each plan floor. Some of the units work with the completion logic, so it is possible to get â€œhalf a houseâ€? to be completed as wished, and also reducing costs and allowing more variety of inhabitants.
Place: santa cruz de Mompox, Colombia. Type: patrimony intervention Academic project 2015
GUIDE THROUGH PATRIMONY INTERVENTION A GUIDE MEANT TO PRESERVE THE VALUES FOUND IN SANTA CRUZ OF MOMPOXâ€™ HISTORIC CENTRE, WHEN INTERVENING ITS PATRIMONIAL ARCHITECTURE
SANTA CRUZ DE MOMPOX
49 has been World Heritage since 1995, for being a clear example of a way of life in a specific time in human history; that of a Spanish Colony in America (S.XVI-S.XVIII). What is the problem with the patrimony in Mompox, and how is it addressed? Although the isolation has preserved the architectonic patrimony mostly in its outside features, modifications had been made inside the colonial houses, some of which due to lack of resources, misinformation and an abscence of interest from the authorities,had been transforming the patrimony to an unrecognizable state, where all its values begin to desappear. The project addresses this problematic by proposing a guide; which considers the patrimonie values above all when
it comes to any kind of intervention, in order to preserve its identity in adaptation processes.
THE METODOLOGIC GUIDE FOR THE PATRIMONY is a
guide for successfull decition making when intervening the architectonical patrimony in Mompoxâ€™ Center comes from this urgent need of preservation of a irreplaceable identity, of a unique place testominy of a time in human history. The guide proposes a number of strategies with local tecniques and materials, in order to adapt the patrimony to a functional, chaging environment, always taking its values as a priority in order to keep its identity.
study case for the guide : Manzana 50 Mompox
type 1 and variations
type 2 and variations
typological study for the guide : intervention models
type 4 and variations
type 3 and variations
guide application model
Place: Mรกrtires, BOGOTร, COLOMBIA. Type: WORKSHOP / 2015
MODELLI DI GESSO WORKSHOP Mรกrtires ESC 1 / 10.000
Mรกrtires ESC 1 / 5.000
enzymatic city ESC 1 / 1.000
mรกrtires square ESC 1 / 500
Place: mátires, Bogotá, Colombia. Type: urban renewal Academic project 2015
MANY SEPARETE ARCHITECTONIC INTERVENTIONS WORKING TOGETHER TO ACTIVATE A SOCIALY AND PHYSICALY DETERIORATED ENVIRONMENT
Mártires is a place of convergence, where illicit activities
ENZYMATIC implies a systemic operation produced by an act of
live together with strong wholesale activities.
catalysis by specific nodes in the system”.
But it is also a historical place of significance for Bogotá, and a greatly communicated spot in the fast growing city. This corner of the city has suffered a drastic transformation since it was the heart of the city to what it has become nowadays, going from being a prestigious place regularly used by the common citizen, to a deplorable state for social interaction, where ilicit substances and activities take place daily, public spaces have turned into places of fear, economy is based in high impact wholesale, and has no residential spaces. Two completly unrelated and separate activities living tightly with a harmful effect on public space.
This project takes the concept of enzymes in order to explain the progressive process of transformation in the territory, through the insertion of architectonic devices throughout a consolidated context. It contemplates the insertion of a new productive apparatus, that uses and actively relates with the public spaces; such as a tecnological, educational district, with room for small and medium companie incubators. The Urban project is forfumaleted with a series of strategies. It includes big hierarchical architectonic devices; such as educational and cultural institutions, the inclusion of living spaces and other small renewals and recycled architectonic devices for commetial and support activities.
“help for the community” center
pedestrian street strategy
ce new activities mixed use restauration Strategy
Keep and improve strategy
new device Strategy
new device within Strategy
increase in vegetation
Iconic building Strategy
readapt / recycle Strategy
e r public space revitalization Palimpsest Strategy
Nolli: Public / pr ground floor poro
Cultural center recycled hospital
mixed use platform builging
59 Police office palimsest
third millenium park
iconic building strategy Relevant new architectonic addition to activate the place, considering a bigger scale of impact.
patrimony restauration / Recycle strategy Architectural Patrimony (and other architectonic devices) restored and recycled to fit a new use.
new device strategy New architectonic devices to fit new uses in the consolidation of the new productive apparatus, to fit the habitational use and to reactivate the public space.
Palimpsest strategy Architectural Patrimony turned into a cultural use with a new extension.
restoration pedestrian street renewal
new device strategy building
iconic building strategy
recycle strategy building
Palimpsest strategy building
Martires` square night sight
María Paula Vélez : B.Arch. - PUJ, Bogotá, Colombia. MSc.SD - POLITO First Year, PoliTO, Torino, Italia.