Caracas, Venezuela

Project │ Incursiones
Team │ Stefan Gzyl, Josymar Rodríguez, María Valentina González, Pedro Tortello, Alexandra Nuñez
Allies │ Will Sandy, British Council, Smith-Falchetti, CCS en 365, FAU/UCV

This project is the result of a two-year collaboration with the British Council that began with an open call of UK-based designers, a student workshop in Caracas and a design collaboration with architect Will Sandy to create a small prefabricated structure to occupy public spaces in informal settlements. Its purpose is to create a framework for cultural activities, classes, children workshops, informal meetings, exhibitions and sport in places where such infrastructure is lacking, preventing these community events from occurring, with all that is potentially lost along the way. As a catalyst, its objective is to increase the opportunities for interaction, exchange and development in a given environment, hoping these activities gather enough momentum so as to continue when the piece moves to its next location.

The cube is a steel structure with metal and wood components, easily assembled and operated, both resistant and inviting, designed so as to attract attention to itself and be not only used but appropriated by one community for a period of three months. It was designed so as to be specific yet flexible, providing a clear framework while leaving enough tolerance so as to allow unforeseen uses and appropriations to emerge.