Tolón Fashion Mall, Las Mercedes. Caracas, Venezuela

Project │ Incursiones
Team │ Josymar Rodríguez, María Valentina González, Stefan Gzyl, Oriana Coello, Alejandro Arias, Nur Abdul, Alfonso Torres.
AlliesFondo de Valores Inmobiliarios, Tolón Fashion Mall, Alcaldía de Baruta

La Calle Pública is the first phase of a long-term project for the neighborhood of Las Mercedes. A year-long research project ended with a public exhibition and an urban intervention as preliminary steps towards a permanent transformation of public space. La Calle Pública’s basic proposition is to understand the street as the most fundamental public space, from where to set forth deeper urban transformations that change the way we relate to each other and the city.

The project aims at showing another possibility for our city and the benefits it would bring, through interventions that can reveal the potential of the street as the milieu for social encounter and commercial exchange. Within the framework of the exhibition we organized talks, guided visits for the general public and an a workshop with students and volunteers. This first phase of the project ended with a large block party for which we closed off a street and occupied a triangle-shaped space that is usually used by cars, which we propose to incorporate to the city’s pedestrian network.