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DOETICHEM URBAN PLAN
DOETICHEM, HOLLAND . 2006 . OFFICE: JDWA . ROLE: DESIGNER
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ROCINHA URBAN PLANNING
COMPETITION - 3RD PLACE . RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL . 2005 . OFFICE: JORGE MARIO JAUREGUI . ROLE: DESIGNER
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TEAM_Jorge Mario Jauregui/ Carolina Dardi/ Fabiana Castillo/ Joana Torres/ João Caeiro/ L. Suby
One of the biggest favelas (squatter-settlement) of Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha is almost a city by itself. With more than 70 000 inhabitants, Rocinha offers services, production and commerce to insiders and outsiders contributing in great part for Rio’s economy.
Identification of problems (such as informal structure and big density) but also potentialities (both economical and social) leads to a design strategy that comprises different scales: An interdisciplinary team re-organized Rocinha according to Urban Development Sectors, these are divided in sub-districts, which are themselves, divided in neighbourhoods. Each scale comprises a gesture that guarantees a new dynamic for the community.
At the scale of the Sector new centralities are created to attend all the community. Each centrality is related to a specific program like Culture and Communication; Education; Health; Services; Ecology. Sub-districts are provided with “Social Cells” that attend to particular issues related with its surroundings.
At the scale of the neighbourhoods, acupunctural gestures are taken due to the density, this concerns mainly to the improvement of the existing infrastructure. Centralities, Social cells and infrastructure should be all connected and work as one organism. Thus, it is essential to redefine the concept of accessibility (not only physical) concerning transportation/roads system, water supply, border’s delimitation, garbage collection, power supply and public light, plot regulations, classification of natural risk areas, relocation housing, drainage, sewage system and reposition of green areas.
 
GECEKONDU URBAN ANALYSIS - MAPPING SPATIAL SYSTEMS
GULTEPE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY . 2004 . GRADUATION THESIS . WITH MARIEKE VAN HENSBERGEN
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Studio Border Conditions (TU Delft), advisors: Marc Schoonderbeek and Oscar Rommens

The first part of my graduation project is a research that explores informal occupation of marginal territories. Empty spaces are commonly appropriated through activities and flows of induviduals or with permanent inhabitancy and occupation of public space. I am interested in understanding how do these systems occur.
I analised this theme with a case study in Gultepe and Levent, two adjacent neighboorhoods located in Istanbul, Turkey. Gultepe is a third generation Gecekondu (squatter-settlement) and Levent is composed by a modern high-rise office towers and middle-class residential blocks.
In the 50s Gultepe was vacant public property and was appropriated by communities from the countryside that came to Istanbul looking for jobs and better living conditions. Gultepe is a direct physical result of self-organized colonization systems. My analysis is mainly focused in the informal occupation of this neglected area and the densification processes that followed the occupation.
Nowadays the land value of Gultepe and it's surroundings has changed due to the expansion of Istabul and this has created an area of contrasts: Gultepe and Levent. The different areas have been studied and compared on various themes.
The method of analyzing consists in mapping/diagramming informal facts that help the understanding of spatial/social conditions of this area. The maps and diagrams should work not only as a direct representation of something but also as a tool to find and show information beyond the evidences.

Work featured on the book Border Conditions, buy it HERE or HERE