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more information: with special thanks to:

Gunar Wilhelm Vito Ciringione (Italië) (Oostenrijk) Wilmer Marzel Mendez Arze (Bolivia)

Oscar Malaspina (Peru)

Minke Mulder (Nederland) Espen Folgerø (Noorwegen)

Fred Greve (Nederland)

Matthew McFetrick (Canada)

Kazuaki Hattori (Japan)

Simultaneously, a physical intervention at the spaces instigated a discussion with the city itself. We marking the spots with posters, linked to a blog and continued the intervention by street and tv interviews, to make the city aware of unused potentials present today!

Agustin Dupuy (Uruguay)

´Montevideo Retornable´ deals with analysis and proposals for reuse and reoccupation of the urban voids, and wasted spaces. Returnable space is created by isolation of the plot via infrastructure lines, water, fences, (informal) uses and sense of belonging. The aim of the project is defining and characterising the returnable spaces of Montevideo along the coastline, to re-implement the returnable spaces in the urban fabric of the city, increasing its meaningful complexity, whilst at the same time healing the relationship between sea and city by introducing accessibility of the plot, comfort and a green productive character. Three design proposals combine both catalogues to embed the returnable spaces in the urban landscape.

Ignatio Borreo (Spain) - workshop tutor

Archiprix International 2009 workshops are held in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Facultad de Arquitectura | Universidad de la Republica. From 26 March until 3 April 2009, 75 participants organised in 7 groups, with professionals as tutors, investigate the relationship between Montevideo and its coast. Goal is to uncover new sceneries in an effort to redefine the city as an embryonic coastal metropolis.

Vincent Tuinema (Nederland)

Biennially Archiprix International presents the world’s best graduation projects in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. It spotlights international trends in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture and brings designers together. Archiprix International organises a design competition, the Hunter Douglas Awards, with workshops for the participants from all over the world.

Delta space is a leftover floodplain, isolated from the city by infrastructure, water and informal housing. It should remain a floodplain in the future, but can become useful by adding reeds production for building materials and energy, cleansing the water and at the same time become a habitat for birds and aquatic wildlife. Accessibility is provided by jetties and a ferry connection between the city centre and the neighbourhood adjacent to the floodplain.

catalog of returnable space


catalog of program

Station Space is an abandoned, fenced off railway station. As such, it contains remnants that can be transformed to add production to the site. The flat carts of the train become productive spaces themselves: as fish tanks, gardens, repair stations, recycle spaces, public spaces, etcetera. They can move along the tracks to provide optimal microclimate for production, and an ever changing appearance of the site from the main coastal road.

Seaside Recycle Space is an urban void in between this coastal road and the sea. Connectivity of the site is improved by reconnecting the rambla boulevard directly at the site. A productive element is added by providing ‘backyards’ or rentable spaces for the inhabitants of the city centre. These productive rentable spaces can be used for car repairing, agriculture, laundry, markets, etc. It becomes a destination to visit along the Montevideo coastline.

DELTA space



Montevideo Returnable  

´Montevideo Retornable´ deals with analysis and proposals for reuse and reoccupation of the urban voids, and wasted spaces. The project is p...