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MARÍA PAULA VÉLEZ ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO


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CONTENTS: 2015 11 19 21

ENZYMATIC TERRITORY Mártires, Bogotá, Colombia.

Urban Renewal

MODELLI DI GESSO

Mártires, Bogotá, Colombia.

Workshop

GUIDE THROUGH PATRIMONY INTERVENTION

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SCHRÖDINGER CAT HOUSE

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SUNBRELLA FUTURE SHADE OF 2017 : LIGHT CRUMBS

Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Cat Refuge and Vet

Bogotá, Colombia.

Competition

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Santa Cruz de Mompox, Colombia.

BID URBAN LAB 2017 : GOID PARK Guaymallén, Mendoza, Argentina.

Competiton

Patrimony Intervention

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Tibabuyes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Art Center

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GLOBAL CITIES, MEXICO CITY Miguel Hidalgo, México D.F, Mexico.

Workshop

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WATER AGORA

Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bathing culture and habitational hub: Post-Industrial harbor development project

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Place: mátires, Bogotá, Colombia. Type: urban renewal Academic project 2015

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ENZYMATIC CITY

Platform buildings

MANY SEPARETE ARCHITECTONIC INTERVENTIONS WORKING TOGETHER TO ACTIVATE A SOCIALY AND PHYSICALY DETERIORATED ENVIRONMENT

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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

restauration Strategy

Iconic building Strategy

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readapt / recycle Strategy

e r public space revitalization Palimpsest Strategy


Nolli: Public / pr ground floor poro

Cultural center recycled hospital

mixed use platform builging

patrimony restauration

Martires’ square

Community center

07 Police office palimsest

third millenium park

Market


rivate osity

Strategy diagrams

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.

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longitudinal Elevation

restoration pedestrian street renewal

5mts

10mts

20mts

50mts

transverse section

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Community center

5mts

10mts

20mts

50mts


new device strategy building

iconic building strategy

strategy faรงades

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recycle strategy building

Palimpsest strategy building


Martires` square night sight

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Place: Mรกrtires, BOGOTร, COLOMBIA. Type: WORKSHOP / 2015

MODELLI DI GESSO WORKSHOP Mรกrtires ESC 1 / 10.000

Mรกrtires ESC 1 / 5.000

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enzymatic city ESC 1 / 1.000


mรกrtires square ESC 1 / 500

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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 MOMPOX’ HISTORIC CENTRE, WHEN INTERVENING ITS PATRIMONIAL ARCHITECTURE

SANTA CRUZ DE MOMPOX

15 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 Mompox’ 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.


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study case for the guide : Manzana 50 Mompox


type 1 and variations

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type 2 and variations


typological study for the guide : intervention models

type 4 and variations

type 3 and variations

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guide application model


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.

Flooding stripes

TIBABUYES is a marginal 21

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.

Axonometric view


Bogotรก river

Walking trails

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Lawn

Ecological adoquin


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10mts

30mts

50mts

Ground Floor


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10mts

30mts

50mts

Upper level


30mts

50mts

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100mts

Longitudinal section

30mts

50mts

100mts


East Elevation

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Public space flooding system low water level

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faรงade section

0.5mt

1mt

2mt

4mt


Place: miguel hidalgo, MÉXICO D.F, MÉXICO. Type: WORKSHOP / 2016

GLOBAL CITIES

MEXICO CITY WORKSHOP

functioning Industry

informal settlements of industry workers

industry obsolescence brown field in the city

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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

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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 “half a house� to be completed as wished, and also reducing costs and allowing more variety of inhabitants.


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

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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 “dorms�

social cat area cat / owner

rammed earth wall

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Logitudinal section

CAt dorm

Owner terrace

Internal patio owner area

CAt lawn area

CAt playground

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5mts

10mts

trANsverse section

cat playground

cats for adoption area 1mt

5mts

10mts


ground floor

CAt dorms

CAt playground

cat keeper dorm CAt lawn area

cats for adoption area

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vet area

1mt

5mts

10mts


axonometric structure

skylights

wood trusses

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wood embeded structure for rammed earth wall

Concrete plinth Concret plinth wall

1mt

5mts

10mts


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0.5mt

1mt

2mts

4mts


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Cat house main entrance sight

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Place: any pedestrian street, Bogotá, Colombia. Type: competition 2017

SUNBRELLA FUTURE SHADE OF 2017 BUILDING SHADE CHALLENGE LIGHT CRUMBS “Define an existing shade problem

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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.


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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, 43

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.

habitational use

COhesion strategy park circuit

Axonometric view contest: phase I


Innovation incubators

playground

productive and educational uses

Agro industrial uses

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quino : Eco-park

cultural uses

sports and entretaiment


GOID PARK 1

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park and circulation : roads, walking trails and green areas

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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.

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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

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Sports Center

Mafalda’s square

Library: study center

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Greenhouse

Outdoor cinema

recycled heritage structure


Contest: Phase II

Axonometric view Contest: Phase II

GOID PARK

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.

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Sports center Axonometric view

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Sports center Groundfloor plan

SPORTS CENTER

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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

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10) Playground 11) “Multiple Court” 12) Interactive/ cinema Plaza 13) Spectator area/grandstands 14) Olympic Pool 15) Terrace

First Floor

Second Floor

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Place: Gothenburg, sweden. Type: Harbor park / water entretaiment facilities / housing project 2018

WATER AGORA

BATHING CULTURE AND HABITATIONAL HUB

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POST-INDUSTRIAL HARBOR TRANSFORMATION; FRIHAMNEN, SWEDEN

“What 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?�

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.

Axonometric view


Dwelling

Public platform

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water facilities: Sauna / hot tubs

Biking path

Pedestrian access ramp

Harbor PArk


Axonometric Program

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Axonometric Program


Facade section

36.8mts

Program diagram 33.8mts

30.8mts

27.8mts

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21.8mts

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Facade section

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Bathing culture level -1.5mts

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Groundfloor level +6.5mts

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GRoundfloor level +11mts

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West Elevation


Pedestrian sight from bike path

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Architecture Portfolio  

María Paula Vélez : B.Arch. - PUJ, Bogotá, Colombia. MSc.SD - POLITO First Year, PoliTO, Torino, Italia.

Architecture Portfolio  

María Paula Vélez : B.Arch. - PUJ, Bogotá, Colombia. MSc.SD - POLITO First Year, PoliTO, Torino, Italia.

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