Villa Tranquila neighborhood murals and playgrounds

Exhibition: Network | October 7, 2011 by

Cut off from Buenos Aires by the Riachuelo River and isolated from downtown Avellaneda by a district of abandoned warehouses, Villa Tranquila is characterized by unusual social and spatial isolation. The 25-hectare site is located in a flood-prone area punctuated by wetlands. More than half of the 7,000 residents lack adequate housing. While the municipality works to construct additional housing, little attention is given to the creation and design of public spaces. Since 2004, architects Flavio Janches and Max Rohm have conducted interviews with the residents of Villa Tranquila, and learned, among other things, that the neighborhood’s children are severely underserved. This discovery led Janches and Rohm to transform the neighborhoods in-between spaces into parks, playgrounds plazas, pathways and drainage conduits. By designing a space for murals and small playgrounds, once neglected areas are revitalized into a place where children can play safely and residents can express their voices. The murals and playgrounds are a starting point for ongoing rehabilitation that will integrate the neighborhood into the larger city.

Architects: Flavio Janches, BJC Architects and Max Rohm, MR Architect, with University of Buenos Aires, Harvard University, and Amsterdam Architecture Academy students; Construction: Municipality of Avellaneda. Villa Tranquila, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005–present

http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/publications/revistaonline/spring-summer-2010/designing-urban-opportunities

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